Juventus FC versus ACF Fiorentina Sports Gambling LinesPosted by: Mike Davis
Juventus -½ (-123) 2½ (+105) -123
Juventus is coming off a 3-0 win over Bologna on Sunday. Gonzalo Higuain, Stephan Lichtsteiner, and Paulo Dybala scored for Juve. Juventus (15-0-3) leads the Serie A with 45 points, 39 goals scored, and 18 goals allowed (+25 goal difference). Higuain has scored 12 goals, Miralem Pjanic five, and Mario Mandzukic four. Pjanic has five assists, while Alex Sandro and Sami Khedira have three assists each. Sandro, Lichtsteiner, and Stefano Sturaro have four yellow cards each. Juve has seven clean sheets and one scoreless game this season, and five clean sheets and two scoreless games in the last 10 meetings with Fiorentina.
Juventus’ strengths include shooting from direct free kicks, defending set pieces, creating and finishing scoring chances (especially using through balls), counter attacking, and attacking set pieces. Juventus’ style of play is characterized by frequent through ball attempts, short passes (84.7%), holding on to the ball (54.4% average possession), taking many shots (15.8 shots per game), attacking through the middle, and rotating starting lineup.
Fiorentina is coming off a 3-3 draw to Napoli on December 22nd (Fiorentina’s Sunday game vs. Pescara was postponed). Fiorentina (7-6-5) is 9th in the Serie A with 27 points, 28 goals scored, and 24 goals allowed (+4 goal difference). Federico Bernardeschi has scored nine goals, Nikola Kalinic has eight, and Josip Ilicic has three. Ilicic has four assists, while Hrvoje Milic and Milan Badelj have two assists each. Nenad Tomovic has eight yellow cards, while Badelj and Carlo Salcedo have five each. Fiorentina has six clean sheets and two scoreless games this season, and two clean sheets and five scoreless games in the last 10 meetings with Juve.
Fiorentina’s strengths include shooting direct free kicks, attacking set pieces, creating chances through individual skill and long shots, coming back from behind, and protecting the lead. Weaknesses include stopping opponents from creating opportunities, aerial duels (10.4 aerials won per game), avoiding individual mistakes, and defending counter attacks. Fiorentina’s style of play is characterized by attacking through the middle, holding on to the ball (55.2% average possession), and short passes (83.9% pass accuracy).
In sports gambling lines trends, Fiorentina is 2-1-2 straight-up in the last five league games (2-1-0 at home and 0-2 away), and 1-2-7 straight-up in the last 10 games versus Juventus (1-2-2 at home, and 0-5 away). Fiorentina’s on line sports betting over/under record this season is 10-7 (3-6 at home and 7-1 away) and 6-4 in the last 10 games against Juve.