Serie A kicks off on Saturday at Stadio Artemio Franchi as Fiorentina and Juventus go head-to-head in a great-looking match. Both sides have struggled with the heat and cold early in the 2022/23 season and they will have a point to prove come Saturday afternoon.
After a late 3-2 home win over newly promoted Cremonese in the opening weekend, Fiorentina missed out. As this confrontation approached, Vincenzo Italianos’ men went 419 minutes without scoring any goals in all competitions. Therefore, they can be happy that their first defeat of the 2022/23 season came in the middle of the week, courtesy of 1-0 at Udinese.
On the other hand, Dusan Vlahovic continues to defy all expectations in Serie A. Bianconeri They beat Spezia 2-0 at home last time with another superb set-piece goal. However, Juventus still have to impress with the term despite having reached this round unbeaten in all four league matches (W2, D2).
Juventus gave up Arthur Melo and Denis Zakaria on the last day of the summer transfer window. While the former joined Liverpool, the latter collaborated with Chelsea, with the club revealing the terms of their departure in the late summer.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina kept all the key players and added some exciting pieces to the Italian jigsaw. From Luka Jovic to Antonin Barak, viola You have amassed a good group of players that you are supposed to help survive the battles on multiple fronts this season.
A 2-1 aggregate win over Twente in the Europa League play-off put Fiorentina into European competition for the first time since the 2016-17 Europa League season. However, since the Dutch side’s 2-1 defeat in the first leg at Stade Franchi, the Italian men have failed to score in four consecutive matches in all competitions.
Fiorentina will emerge to break a frustrating goal-scoring drought and likely score back-to-back Serie A victories over Juventus for the first time since 1998. Inspired by Alfred Duncan and Nicholas Gonzalez, viola They crushed Juventus 2-0 in this corresponding match last season, making them win two of four H2Hs Serie A matches (D1, L1).
Fiorentina, since November 2020, have not scored gaps in scoring in four consecutive Serie A matches. In addition, they have not missed a void in back-to-back domestic league matches since May 2019. Therefore, it is fair to assume that they will be fighting with their feet to find a way out of this painful goal-scoring crisis.
Juventus will start looking for their first Serie A win over Franchi since December 2018. Since then they have not won any in three league visits to Fiorentina in a row (D2, L1) and could finish fourth in a row for the first time in the league. . The 21st century. Much about Massimiliano Allegri’s motivational speech in the locker room.
There are plenty of reasons for concern in a camp visitor. Juventus failed to score in both previous trips to Serie A. Another blank score in Tuscany would see them go three consecutive away games in the league without finding the net for the first time since 1998. But perhaps Vlahovic had other plans.
The Serbia international has scored four goals in Serie A this season, including consecutive strikes from free kicks. However, the lack of service from midfield threatens to undermine Vlahovic’s bid to win his first ever Kabukanonier after Lazio’s failure at Cerro Immobile last season.
Gaetano Castrovilli still has a knee injury, and Fiorentina is still sweating due to the availability of Duncan, Gonzalez and Szimon Zurkovsky.
As for Juventus, Leonardo Bonucci, Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa and Caio Jorge are still in the treatment room. Top goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is unlikely to return between the sticks after a first-half injury forced him out of Spezia.
Possible line-up for Fiorentina against Juventus
Fiorentina (4-3-3): Pietro Terracciano Lorenzo Vinotti, Nikola Milinkovic, Lucas Martinez-Quarta, Cristiano Biraghi; Sofiane Amrabet, Rolando Mandragora, Marco Benassi; Christian Kwame, Luka Jovic, Jonathan Aykon.
Juventus (4-3-3): Mattia Perrin; Mattia de Sciglio, Federico Gatti, Gleeson Bremer, Alex Sandro; Weston McKinney, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot; Angel Di Maria, Dusan Vlahovic, Philip Kostik.