Juventus continued their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Sassuolo on Sunday, which was the perfect response to their thrashing against Barcelona. While they couldn’t match up to the elite on the continent, there’s still a massive gap between them and most of Serie A. Will that gulf show when they host bitter rivals Fiorentina on Wednesday night?
La Viola are still smarting from the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juve in the summer, which was part of their big fire-sale in the summer. That loss of their homegrown hero to their rivals hardly went down well with their fans, as did the failure to really replace him. Despite that, Fiorentina have kicked on in recent matches, winning their last two games by an aggregate score of 7-1.
La Viola clearly have some new-found attacking threat, and that’s going to threaten Juventus this week. Ever since Leo Bonucci departed to AC Milan they have looked shaky at the back, with Sassuolo breaking through on Sunday. Having shipped two goals at Genoa and after letting in two to Lazio, Juve are able to be exposed in defence.
Matches between these two do have a tendency to be high scoring, with both teams finding the net in the last five encounters. Fiorentina have scored in their last five trips to Juve, scoring seven times in that time. We expect them to add to that, while a Juventus goal is almost a given. The champions have Paulo Dybala in flying form up front, he’s scored in six straight Serie A matches. His hat-trick against Sassuolo last time out showed his quality, and we’re backing him to score any time this weekend.
We think both teams to score in this one is great value at 4/5 with bet365. Given that Juve won 95% of their home matches last season, and since Fiorentina lost and scored in seven of their trips to the top nine, we also like Juventus and BTTS at 2/1 with bet365. We’re rounding off our Juventus vs Fiorentina betting tips with a 2-1 win for the champions, a scoreline Juve saw three times in seven matches at home to the top eight last season. That’s priced at 15/2 with bet365.