Viola’s last match before the conference league final • SportTV
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Both teams have only one place to advance, Sassuolo is 12th at best, but only with a win, and Fiorentina could overtake Turin if they score more points than the “bulls” at home against Inter. However, he can only stay on the international scene if the former CEC champions beat West Ham United in Prague on Wednesday.
In the past four seasons, Sassuolo has finished 11th twice and 8th twice in Serie A, while for 9 years it has been no worse than 12th, but before the last round it was only 13th. Aloisio Dionisi’s team is only two points ahead of the fourteenth Empoli, but only one point ahead of the twelfth Udinese, that is, it can practically improve, falling one place – or stay there …
The team hasn’t won the league since April, they’ve only scored two points in their last five matches, and in their last meeting they only played 2-2 with Sampdoria already eliminated. He has performed relatively well at home this season, amassing 28 points in 19 games in front of home fans with eight wins, four draws and six losses. Now they welcome Fiorentina who have only won five away games, and the players can’t focus 100% on this match.
Fiorentina are preparing to face WHU in the UEFA Conference League Final on Wednesday, 7 June, at the Slavia Stadium in Prague. The winner of the match will be placed in the main table of the highest cup series, the Europa League, in the fall. This – and even more so, Lilac cannot even stay in the third place in Serie A, because they are only in ninth place, 6 points behind Juventus, who occupy the position of the Premier League. (Of course, if Juventus were banned by UEFA online football, Eckel would be eighth in Serie A.) Florence finished seventh last season, their best performance in the league since fifth in 2015-16. , but in 2022-23 balance was not among their main virtues. With 14 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses from 37 matches, they collected 53 points, enough for ninth place, tied on points with Torino eighth.
Lilac are chasing a league double against Sassuolo, which they won 2-1 in the reverse fixture in Florence at the start of the season, although they have not succeeded at the Maőei Stadium since October 2019.
Sassuolo will miss the services of Christian Thorstvedt, because the Norwegian “yellowed” himself in the match against Samp. Agustin Alvarez and Armad Laurienté have both been sidelined for a long time with knee injuries, while Davide Frattesi’s appearance is highly questionable due to muscle problems. The main scorer at home Berardi (12 goals) naturally remains the leader of the attacking line.
The Florentines will stand without Sirigo, they do not have any other “forced absences”, but this does not mean that the Italiano will send his “ceremonial squad” to the field. What’s more… He had already rested Cabral, Amrabat, Nico Gonzalez and Kwama against Roma, yet the team managed to turn him into 11 against “Wolves” after a 0-1 lead. Because of the EC final, some key players will “stay in the squad” or be on the bench, but Luka Jović will probably attack the Black-Green goal as a starting striker.
Three interesting stats about the match. 1. In 19 league matches, there hasn’t been much difference between the two teams, Sassuolo have won 6 and Fiorentina 7, with 6 draws since their first meeting in December 2013. (Before that, they exchanged two matches in SerieC2 in 2002-2003, during their “tour to hell”) to Fiorentina). 2. Domenico Berardi, the star of the home team, was the most successful player in the duo, scoring 9 goals and the followers did not score more than 3. 3. Cristiano Biraghi is the “Sassuolo specialist” in Florence, who played no fewer than 17 matches against Reggio Emilia. It is true that he only appeared in 8 matches with Violas, but he also played in the tournament with Sassuolo as a player for Cittadella, Catania, Chievo and Inter. He scored his only goal in an Inter shirt against him in the June 2020 match (3-3), from 11.
SERIE A, Round 38. Sport 1 20:30 Sassuolo Calcio Fiorentina (Commentator: Richard Farago, Host: Rita Takache, Expert: Tibor Nilacy)