Fiorentina will be looking to turn this tie around and punch a ticket to the group stages of the Champions League a shock 1-0 upset loss in Vienna last week. They dominated the clash but couldn’t find their way past an inspired Rapid Vienna keeper after conceding a penalty early in the first half to go down 1-0 at the break. That seemed to have shaken off that loss as they raced to a 2-0 lead at home over Lecce early in the first half, but a late rally by the visitors saw them share the spoils with a 2-2 draw. Despite that, the Viola still remain unbeaten in the league and they now turn their guns on the visitors from Vienna as they bid for a share of European football this season.
Rapid Vienna forward Marco Grull’s 35th penalty proved to be the difference in the 1st leg as they hung on gallantly despite waves of attacks from Fiorentina. They also have keeper Niklas Hedl to thank for a string of heroic saves that kept the visitors at bay. He has been tremendous for them in recent matches, keeping six clean sheets across their last 7 competitive matches. A 1-1 draw at the weekend at home to Tirol in their domestic league ultimately broke the incredible run. They will need him to replicate that performance if they are to realize their long-held dream of a first-ever appearance in the group stage of the Conference League.
Coming down to our Fiorentina v Rapid Vienna predictions, we are expecting the home side to come out with a vengeance here. They left the Allianz Stadion (Vienna) with a bitter taste in their mouths after coming out with nothing despite dominating the proceedings. We therefore expect them to put up a statement here
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Main tip: Handicap -1 Fiorentina Win
Our Fiorentina vs Rapid Vienna predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Handicap -1 Fiorentina Win
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano has urged for calm despite facing a deficit coming into this 2nd leg of the tie. With a chance for European football awaiting the winner, Italiano has promised to stop at nothing as they try to turn the tide in their favor. Granted, their reaction to falling behind was commendable as they were all over Rapid, particularly in the 2nd half of the game. But all that came to naught as the Green-Whites held on to pick up an unlikely win.
The Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence) will be packed to capacity as the home supporters try to will their team to victory here. They have struggled a bit in their backyard in European ties, losing the last three. But given the stakes at play, we expect them to come out like wounded buffalos and pick up a comfortable win that should propel them straight to the group stage. We are therefore picking Fiorentina to win by at least a two-goal margin with very enticing prices for this option offered at 1xbet.
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The odd of 1.56 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 64% chance that Fiorentina will win this match with a margin of 2 or more goals.
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Prediction 2: Over 2.5 Goals
Although the 1st leg only produced a single goal, it was not for a lack of chances but for a lack of clinical finishing by Fiorentina combined with the incredible goalkeeping by Rapid’s custodian Niklas Hedl. It’s difficult to see that replicating here. Goals have been a staple food for the hosts in their home matches. 6 of their last 7 competitive games have witnessed at least 3 goals. With the hosts keen to turn things around, we expect them to go on the attack from the get-go and that is likely to open this game up. As such, we fancy this game to have at least 3 goals scored with very attractive prices for this available at Melbet
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The odd of 1.48 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 68% chance that this game will have at least 3 goals scored
Odds comparisons for Over 2.5 Goals
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Prediction 3: Nicolas Gonzalez Anytime Scorer
The Argentine international has kicked off the season with a bang, with the forward finding the back of the net in both of Fiorentina’s league games. His form has made it easy for coach Vincenzo to install him as his starting forward. With the team in need of goals and with his confidence at an all-time high, we can expect him to be the focus of their attack here and for our final Fiorentina vs Rapid Vienna prediction, we are backing him to score a goal anytime in this game.
Statistics for Fiorentina vs Rapid Vienna Prediction
That first leg match was the first time these teams met
Rapid Vienna won 1-0
Latest results Fiorentina
2 wins, a draw and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
14 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.80 goals per match
Drew 2-2 at home against Lecce last time out
Latest results Rapid Vienna
3 wins, a draw and a loss in their last 5 matches
12 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.40 goals per match
Drew 1-1 with Tirol in their last match
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Possible squad Fiorentina & Rapid Vienna
Line upFiorentinaRapid ViennaGoalkeeperTeraccianoHedlDefenseDodo, Milenkovic, Ranieri, BiraghiSchick, Hofmann, Querfeld, AuerMidfieldBonaventura, Melo, MandragoraOswald, Kerschbaum, SattlbergerForwardGonzalez, Nzola, BrekaloSeidl, Burgstaller, GrullInjuredCastrobilli (Knee), Barak (Muscle)Cvetkovic (Ligament), Grgic (Illness)CoachVicenzo ItalianoZoran Barišić
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