Fiorentina is hosting Torino at Stadio Artemio Franchi in round 2 of the Italian Serie A. Fiorentina is a good team, at least for now, but they failed to win their season opener. Torino has spent the whole last season in the bottom half of the standings, and they have sold their best player earlier this week.
Fiorentina has had a tough opponent at the start of the season, and that was Roma on the road. Fiorentina was a slightly better team in that match with 58% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 89% of the correct passes, but as we know, not always the better team wins a game. Fiorentina has conceded a red card in the 17th minute, and they have conceded a goal shortly after that. In the 52nd minute, Roma has also conceded a red card, and Fiorentina has tied the score. Unfortunately for Fiorentina, Roma’s offense was better than their defense, and Fiorentina has lost this match 3-1. Milnekovic was the only goalscorer for Fiorentina, while Pulgar added an assist. Amrabat is the only injured player, while Dragowski is suspended because of the red card. Is Fiorentina good enough to qualify for the Europa League, I think so, but their biggest problem is the consistency, and they don’t have that.
I guess Torino is choosing to rebuild their team this season, and they have started by selling Belotti to Inter earlier this week. Torino has won only 1 of their last 5 games while losing their season opener to Atalanta. Torino has had 48% of ball possession, a massive 8 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 73% of the correct passes. After losing for the bigger part of the game, Torino has tied the score in the 79th minute. In the 93rd minute, Torino has conceded a goal, and they ended up losing this match 1-2. Belotti is the only goalscorer for Torino so far this season, but that was his last goal for this team. Zaza is the only injured player for Torino as of right now. I don’t think this team will react well without Belotti, and I know they have some good players left, but I just don’t see them ending this season in the top half of the standings.
When playing at home, Fiorentina hasn’t lost to Torino in their last 10 games, while Torino hasn’t won any of their last 6 games on the road. Fiorentina also has 5 home wins in a row. We are getting Fiorentina for plus money at home, and I will take it because I think they are the better team, they are in better form, and they have more depth.