Europa League Preview: Fiorentina vs. Paços de Ferreira

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Updated: September 13, 2013
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Flaunting a much better form, sports betting sites pick Fiorentina as favorites in the upcoming match against Paços de Ferreira.

 

This season, the Violas are determined to break the group stage spell that has been preventing them from lifting one of football’s most coveted silverware.

 

 

Fiorentina

Fiorentina shall be gracing the Europa League after a 6-year absence in the competition. The last time that Violas paraded in the tournament’s pitch was during the 2007/08 semis. A year after the impressive feat, the club landed in the Champions League for 2 consecutive seasons. Their return in the next most anticipated football competition foresees a bright future of the club.
The Violas hurdled their way into the tournament. Losing to Grashopper in their own soil ended their winning streak. Nevertheless, its away goals are enough for them to advance in the competition.

 

With their current form and good catches in the transfer market, Fiorentina can be fairly considered as one of the favorites in the tournament.

 

Paços de Ferreira

The upcoming match is just the 3rd group stage appearance for the OS Castores. The club is having a hard time getting past that round since they lost to Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv during the 2009/10 third qualifier and recently to FC Zenit in the Champions League qualifying stage. They had their chance to enter the Champions League, however, they failed to overcome Zenit’s aggregate scores.

 

Yet, although they bid the Champions League goodbye, the club has readily improved. Usually, OC Castores would only average on 2 goals. However, they surpassed their record when they went against Zenit.

 

The verdict: Fiorentina trounces Paços de Ferreira

It is evident that Fiorentina is the match’s clear favorite. Back in Serie A, they flaunt a strong form that remains untarnished. They literally share the top spot with other big names in the above-mentioned top-flight league such as Napoli, Juventus and Inter.
Despite of Mario Gomez’s losing streak experience with Portuguese outfit, the striker has certainly, found his place in the club. In the tournament, expect the former Bayern Munchen player do the tricks for Fiorentina.

 

Match Date: 19 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi

 

 

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