Genoa v Fiorentina – Stadio Luigi Ferraris at 19:45 GMT +1
Fiorentina were taken over by American businessman Rocco Commisso this summer and the club’s new president told La Viola’s supporters, “my intention is to bring Fiorentina and Serie A back where they belong” despite seeing the side suffer a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Napoli on the opening day of the season.
Commisso’s arrival has invigorated the club’s fanbase with season ticket sales reportedly up by 20%, even before the announcement of Franck Ribery’s arrival. The new patron flew in from New York to attend the first fixtures and fans sang his name as the new owner performed a lap of the stadium before kick-off.
Time will tell whether such enthusiasm is justified, but this is certainly shaping up to be a fascinating season in Florence. Seven of the team’s 11 starters last Saturday were 22 or younger. However, the match was marred by a series of poor refereeing and VAR decisions that infuriated head coach Vincenzo Montella.
It was an exhilarating match, but also a controversial one with two dubious penalties awarded, and one late appeal by Ribery turned down. Montella was bristling post-match but also paid tribute to his young side’s effort, application and attitude, whilst noting defeat was incredibly harsh on La Viola’s players.
Genoa share six-goal thriller
This weekend Fiorentina take the relatively short journey to Genoa in search of their first points against a club that were involved in a similarly helter-skelter curtain-raiser last Sunday. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s outfit came from behind three times to earn a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw against Roma in the capital.
Despite the suspensions of Marko Pajac and Kevin Agudelo, plus injuries to Riccardo Saponara, Stefano Sturaro and Francesco Cassata, the Rossoblu performed with aplomb at the Stadio Olimpico. Despite only managing six attempts at goal, Genoa created plenty of opportunities in the final-third.
ll Grifone now return to their base in Liguria, where results have been mixed over the past two years. Genoa have W12-D11-L15 when welcoming Serie A opposition since the start of 2017/18, although goals have been a relatively common theme throughout, and that’s our best angle of attack on Sunday.
Goals on the agenda
Both clubs were involved in entertaining openers, and in Andreazzoli and Montella, are managed by attack-minded coaches. Neither club boast top-level ability in the final-third and the emphasis will surely be the front foot as the duo search for their first victory of the new season.
Both sides have scored in 58% of Genoa’s matches at the Marassi in the above sample and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see that figure enhanced this weekend with Over 2.5 Goals particularly interesting at a kind 1.77.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 Goals at 1.770
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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