Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

February 17, 2016 | By

BetVictor £25 Free BetsEuropa League action on Thursday night, comes from the Stadio Artemio Franchi and features Fiorentina versus Tottenham Hotspur.

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 Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Europa League, Last 32 1st Leg, Thursday 18th February 2016.

Thursday nights Europa League action certainly has some entertaining teams playing and what better to see that high flying Italian side Fiorentina facing title chasing Tottenham Hotspurs of the English Premiership. Now even though Fiorentina are at home they know it wont be an easy fixture, yet as long as they keep up their recent form they will hope they have little to worry about.

Fiorentina have now put those two loses in January behind them and now go five games unbeaten having won three at home and drawn both of their away games. After the Europa League 2nd Leg action in London Fiorentina have a chance of closing the gap between them and Napoli who currently sit in second place seven points adrift. Juventus seem to have recovered from their beginning blip and now have clearly taken over and sit top again eight points clear of Fiorentina.

Tottenham Hotspurs have never seen themselves in a position like this in the league for a few decades now and only sit two points behind league leaders Leicester City and just twelve league games remaining. Spurs have been a formidable force this season and last weekends away fixture to Manchester City clearly shows that as they walked away with all three points after a 2 – 1 win.

I can imagine if Tottenham Hotspurs play like they have in the league and carry that form over into the Europa League then there is no reason why the London club can’t win this competition ahead of the likes of Manchester United and other good European sides left in the competition. After this game I do see Spurs continuing their winning run as they face Crystal Palace, Swansea City and West Ham United in the league. As well as the home leg next week.

 Fiorentina Team News:

Fiorentina have a solid defense at home this season and will fancy their chances against the side they knocked out of the same competition this time last season. The club have kept twelve clean sheets so far this season, although did lose twice at home during the Europa League group stages which has left them something to be wary about. Nikola Kalinic is likely to start over new signing Mauro Zarate who joined from West Ham United in January.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

We could see some fresh faces playing on Thursday as Spurs look to rotate and rest some star players. Its difficult for the club who still fight in three competitions with a great chance of at least winning one of them. Jan Vertonghen misses the game due to a crucial knee ligament injury with the only other player missing being Clinton N’Jie who also has knee trouble.

 Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Head to Head Statistics:

In the three games these two clubs have played it is the Italian side Fiorentina who have enjoyed the better results having knocked Tottenham Hotspurs out of the competition at the same stage last season. Spurs have beaten Fiorentina however, which was nearly six years ago and only in a club friendly at White Hart Lane.

26/02/15 UEL Fiorentina vs Tottenham Hotspur 2 : 0
19/02/15 UEL Tottenham Hotspur vs Fiorentina 1 : 1
07/08/10 CLF Tottenham Hotspur vs Fiorentina 3 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

As there have only been three games played the goals per game average cannot be truly seen as an accurate statistic. Yet with the nine goals scored it is going to give us a goals per game average of 3. So going for the below selection for Thursdays encountered could be a good choice.

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Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Fiorentina: D W D W L

Tottenham Hotspur: W W W W W

Both clubs are doing well in their domestic leagues and both considered to be doing far better than usually seen in previous years. Tottenham Hotspurs are the better team in form and have won all five of their last games played and would be my favourites for Thursday nights away game in Italy.

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Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Match Betting Odds Market

Fiorentina are at home and the bookmakers favourites to come away with a win on Thursday night, even with the consideration that Spurs are a tough team in exceptional form. Best odds on the home team winning can be found coming in here @ 7/5 with Betfred – Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets for New Registering Accounts.

The Draw is coming in with roughly the same odds as Tottenham Hotspurs to win so going for either of the two selections could be a good one to consider for Thursdays game in Italy. Best odds on the draw happening can be found here @ 12/5 with Betfred – Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets for New Registering Accounts.

Tottenham Hotspur may of been knocked out by Fiorentina last season in this competition, yet will still fancy their chances of getting some payback even if they do have to rotate the squad somewhat. Best odds on the away win can be found coming in here @ 23/10 with Bet365 -Receive £200 in Matched Bets when Registering a New Account

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 Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

Europa League action Thursday night comes to us Live on BT Sports Europe and in High Definition and features home side Fiorentina welcoming back Tottenham Hotspurs to the beautiful Italy. Last season we did see the London club exit at this stage and to this team, and I can imagine Fiorentina will fancy their chances once again as they look forward to the next round.

That said they must also consider that this Tottenham side are in far better form this time round than the previous year, although their European form isn’t as strong as the domestic league they play in. If Fiorentina defend like they have in Serie A then they also shouldn’t have too many issues, even against such a strike force as Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspurs come into this game from an epic away battle to Manchester City, in which the London club came out as 2 – 1 victors and thus placing themselves second in the Premiership and just two points adrift league leaders Leicester City. They are on joint points with bitter rivals Arsenal but what a better chance to attempt a league win this season.

The clubs European form hasn’t been as strong as that of the league, yet it has only been recently that we see Spurs step up a few gears and look genuine title contenders. If they do transfer that form over to the Europa League then we could even potentially see them win it, and I think win it with ease even with the likes of Manchester United and other strong European contenders left in the competition.

My predictions for this game will see a draw of some kind as my banker. I would like to go for a goalless draw only because of the defense Fiorentina has had this season but think I may just play it safe and go for a common draw as my banker bet. The next I am going for is Tottenham Hotspurs to take a sneaky win away from home and enjoy the plane ride home to London. I don’t think it will be an easy victory and I also do think it will depend on who the manager plays in the match with rumors of some rotation likely to take place due to resting star players.

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