Italian Serie A match preview and prediction – Fiorentina vs Benevento. Serie A Week 8 – 22 Nov 2020 (11.30 UK) (UK).
Cesare Prandelli prepares for his first match since the announcement of his return to Fiorentina and the Viola host struggling Benevento at the Artemio Franchi.
The former Italy CT returned to Fiorentina after 10 years and will start his second stint with a home game against Filippo Inzaghi’s newly promoted men.
Ahead of the international break, Fiorentina followed a 2-0 defeat to Roma with a 0-0 draw against Parma at the Ennio Tardini and prepare for their first home game in Serie A since October 25.
Benevento’s poor run was stretched to four Serie A defeats on the bounce when Spezia visited the Streghe last time.
Prandelli is expected to continue in a 3-5-2 formation, and Dusan Vlahovic, who scored his first goal for Serbia this week, could start up front with Franck Ribery.
Jose Callejon has recovered from coronavirus but is not expected to start the match and Christian Kouame could start over Giacomo Bonaventura in the midfield five.
Only two points separate the sides after seven games and Prandelli will be expected to turn things around rapidly and build on previous success with the Viola.
Form Giude: Fiorentina (D L W D L) Benevento (L L L L W)
Stat fact: Fiorentina, who haven’t scored in 219 minutes in Serie A, have lost six of their 13 last games against a newly promoted side.
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Dragowski; Milenkovic, Caceres, Pezzella; Biraghi, Amrabat, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Kouame; Vlahovic, Ribery
On a yellow card: none
Benevento (4-3-2-1): Montipo; Letizia, Glik, Caldirola, Barba; Hetemaj, Schiattarella, Dabo; Insigne, Sau; Moncini
Injured: Tuia, Iago Falque
On a yellow card: Schiattarella
Prediction: Fiorentina 2-0 Benevento
Credit: Football Italia