AC Milan vs. Fiorentina Preview: The Battle for UCL

AC Milan vs. Fiorentina

Without a doubt, the biggest fixture of the upcoming Serie A weekend is Saturday’s tie between AC Milan and Fiorentina. Milan may be three places above La Viola, but only two points separate these two sides and the San Siro showdown is a very important match in terms of Champions League qualification.

All those who followed my football betting advice last week (Roma vs. AC Milan) got at least the draw right: I went for 1-1, the final score was 2-2.  Overall a good result for the Rossoneri, despite Roma’s position in the standings and the absence of influential captain Francesco Totti.  Of course, the most talked-about match event (even more than the lovely doubles by Alexandre Pato and Mirko Vucinic) was David Beckham‘s Serie A debut, and the Spice Boy performed quite admirably even impressing his manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Alberto Gilardino, AC Milan and FiorentinaIn counterpart, La Viola were on the wrong end of an upset last weekend.  Beaten 2-1 at home by lowly Lecce (a result no one would have predicted), Prandelli’s boys will be looking to get their own European ambitions back on track.  Despite this year’s UCL campaign ended in the Group Stage, Fiorentina have every intention of renewing their stay next season, and with a wealth of talent amongst their own ranks (lead by ex-Rossoneri striker Alberto Gilardino, who would surely relish scoring against his former employers), La Viola can certainly put a claim to get something from the game Saturday.

With that said, I think AC Milan will prove too strong a test for Fiorentina. Not even the persistent rumors linking Kaká with a bank-busting move to Manchester City should have any bearing on the game. A player of Kaká’s quality will put the blabbing aside and do his talking on the pitch, and the Rossoneri will need every ounce of his talent to unlocking Fiorentina’s tight defence (who have only conceded 16 goals this season). As for David Beckham, every sensible prediction suggests the English midfielder will be starting again on Saturday.

Overall, I’m expecting a fairly tight contest but I think home advantage and superior quality will see Milan take all three points in this one.  My football betting tip for this particular clash is for a 3-1 home win.  Milan have shipped in few goals this season and Fiorentina always present a danger up front, however on a good day the Rossoneri have the attacking flair to litterally destroy teams, as they showed when they demolished Udinese 5-1.


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