Not many would have predicted eight months ago that Fiorentina would find themselves in a fight against relegation at this stage in the season but that could nonetheless become a very real threat when they travel to face AC Milan on Saturday, as Ladbrokes offer long odds on the away win.
The Viola are currently five points away from the drop zone but with points inevitably hard to come by at the San Siro, their 33 point tally isn’t likely to improve after this weekend’s encounter.
Surprisingly, the Tuscan outfit hold one of the most impressive defensive records in Serie A when playing away from home but have struggled to replicate that defence in Florence.
Delio Rossi’s side have conceded an average of 1.13 goals per game when playing in unfamiliar territory this season but preventing goals isn’t of much use when you score a polar opposite of just 0.53 goals per away game.
The Rosoneri were knocked out of the Champions League earlier in the week despite a valiant effort at the Camp Nou, but will now be able to concentrate their entire efforts on holding onto the Serie A title.
On paper, Fiorentina’s attacking record suggests that they shouldn’t be able to find the back of the net against AC Milan who have conceded an average of just 0.50 goals per game this campaign.
Juventus are hot on the tails of the current league leaders and would be more than willing to reclaim their position at the summit of the Italian top flight should Milan fail to win at any point.
Fiorentina won’t pose the most difficult opposition, having won just two of their past ten matches but Massimiliano Allegri won’t be taking the result for granted when Milan play hosts to Fiorentina this weekend.
Van Bommel and Thiago Silva are still big injury blows for the Rossoneri, however there was better news on Antonio Cassano’s injury with doctors giving the charismatic front man the green light to play again, a boost for all concerned at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.