Preview: Fiorentina vs. Juventus

Preview: Fiorentina vs. Juventus

Fiorentina and Juventus will attempt to move closer to silverware on Wednesday evening when they square off in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

With the reverse fixture not scheduled to take place until the middle of April, both clubs will want to hold the advantage ahead of the second game in Turin.

Whenever these two teams meet for the foreseeable future, it will be dubbed the Dusan Vlahovic derby, and the big-money January signing is now preparing to return to his former club in Juventus colours.

The Serbia international has already represented Fiorentina in this competition since the start of the campaign, but such are the rules that the forward is not cup-tied.

Away from the focus which will inevitably be placed on Vlahovic, Juventus will be attempting to extend their recent unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches.

Massimiliano Allegri has witnessed his team concede at least one goal in the most recent five fixtures, but Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Empoli has kept Juventus in the Serie A title race.

With some of the teams above them dropping points at the weekend, the fourth-placed outfit now sit just seven points adrift of leaders Napoli, while Vlahovic having four goals to his name in all competitions since his arrival.

Juventus have recorded home victories over Salernitana and Sassuolo to reach this stage of the competition, with only Paulo Dybala netting more than once.

Fiorentina have played more games to reach the last four, overcoming Cosenza and Benevento before recording thrilling victories away at Napoli and Atalanta BC.

Vlahovic was among the scorers as Fiorentina beat the former by a 5-2 scoreline, while I Viola came from behind to beat Atalanta by the odd goal in five.

Sitting two points adrift of fifth position with a game in hand on two of the three teams immediately above them, Vincenzo Italiano knows that European qualification could be achieved through their performances in Serie A.

Nevertheless, silverware is also a priority having gone over two decades since winning this competition during the 2000-01 campaign.

Fiorentina have been indifferent in the league since the turn of the year, collecting just 10 points from their seven matches, suffering three defeats in the process.

Fiorentina Coppa Italia form:
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Juventus Coppa Italia form:
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We say: Fiorentina 1-3 Juventus
Despite Fiorentina being the marginal underdogs, this has all the makings of a really entertaining tussle. The home side will know the importance of holding a lead ahead of the second leg, but we feel that Juventus will still prevail despite the absence of Vlahovic.

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