Fiorentina v West Ham Prediction, Preview & Odds – Conference League
We have a Fiorentina v West Ham prediction and preview plus betting odds for you ahead of Wednesday’s Europa Conference League Final.
Fiorentina v West Ham Match Info
Venue: The Fortuna Arena, Prague
When? 8.00 pm, Wednesday the 7th of June
What Channel? BT Sport 1, Virgin Media 2
Fiorentina v West Ham Odds
The oddsmakers have both these sides very difficult to separate in the betting. Fiorentina are currently very marginal favourites at 13/8 to win in 90 minutes and are 20/23 To Lift the Trophy.
West Ham are 17/10 to win the game in 90 minutes while being an identical 20/23 To Lift the Trophy, the draw in 90 minutes is currently being priced at 11/5.
The Form – Fiorentina vs West Ham
Fiorentina followed up their seventh-placed finish league finish last season with another decent year in the 22/23 season. The Italian club finished in eight-place, six-points behind Juventus in seventh.
They also had a strong campaign in Italy’s domestic cup competition in the Coppa Italia where they lost to Champions League Finalists Inter Milan 1-2 in the final two weeks ago.
Path To The Europa Conference League Final
However, it is in Europe where they have shone this season, having started their campaign back in August in the Play-off round defeating Twente 2-1 at home in the First Leg and completing the job with a 0-0 draw in the Second-leg to qualify for the Group Stage.
In the Group Stage, they were drawn in Group A alongside İstanbul Başakşehir, Heart of Midlothian and RFS where they finished second in the group with a record of four wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat.
Unfortunately for Fiorentina they missed out on first-place to Istanbul due to goal difference with both teams scoring 14 goals, but Istanbul only conceded 3 goals to their 6. This meant that Florentina Advanced to the knockout round play-offs while Istanbul went straight into the round of 16.
In the knockout round playoffs they beat Braga 0-4 away in the first leg and 3-2 at home in the second leg which meant their 7-2 aggregate victory qualified them for the Round of 16.
They then drew Sivasspor who they beat 1-0 in the first leg at home and 1-4 in the second leg away to qualify for the Quarter-Final.
They drew Lech Poznan in the next round beating them 1-4 in the first leg away from home and survived a scare in the second leg 2-3 to confirm their Semi-Final place.
They finally earned their final spot by overcoming Basel despite falling to a 1-2 first-leg defeat, they overcame that deficit winning 1-3 AET to confirm their 3-4 aggregate victory and Final place.
West Ham’s Form
West Ham has had a bizarre season which domestically can be considered a disappointment after finishing seventh last season they fell to a fourteenth-place finish this season only securing Premier League security in the final weeks of the season.
That form saw many tip Moyes to be sacked throughout the season, but he has survived for now anyway.
Path To The Europa Conference League Final
Despite poor league form, West Ham have flourished in Europe having started their campaign back in August in the Play-off round defeating Viborg 3-1 at home and 0-3 away to qualify for the Group Stage.
In the Group Stage, they were drawn in Group B alongside Anderlecht, Silkeborg and FCSB had a perfect record of six wins from their six matches, scoring 13 goals and only conceding 4 which was more than enough to Advance to the round of 16 automatically 8-points clear of Anderlecht.
In the Round of 16, they were drawn against AEK Larnaca making light work of them beating them 0-2 in the first leg and 4-0 in the second leg to reach the Quarter-Final. In the Quarter-Final first leg, they had a disappointing 1-1 away draw before finishing the job in the second leg with a 4-1 home win.
West Ham finally earned their final spot by overcoming AZ winning 2-1 at home and 0-1 away to reach their first European Final since The 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final.
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Fiorentina v West Ham Lineups
Fiorentina Predicted XI
GK: Terracciano, RB Dodo, CB Milenkovic, CB Julio, LB Biraghi
CM Amrabat CM Mandragora
RW Ikone, AM Barak, LW Saponara
West Ham Predicted XI
GK: Fabianski, RB Coufal, CB Zouma, CB Ogbonna, LB Cresswell
CM Soucek CM Rice
RW Bowen, AM Paquetá, LW Benrahma
Fiorentina vs West Ham Preview
Fiorentina are likely to employ some version of a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation which they have split almost evenly between throughout the season. They play a possession-based game where they like to control the game in the oppositions half while mixing up their attacks down the middle but also down the flanks.
Their primary goal threat is Brazilian Arthur Cabral who has 7 goals in his 13 Conference League games and his strength in particular at aerial duels and flicking on balls to his teammates will be a threat. Fiorentina has scored an impressive 2.57 goals per match in the competition.
West Ham’s Defence
David Moyes sets his side out defensively solid with a flat back-four along with two holding midfielders one of which is a certain Declan Rice in what could be his last appearance for the club as he is tipped for a summer move. West Ham are strong aerially with Soucek, and Zouma Ogbonna all averaging over 2.2 aerial duels won per game meaning they are also competent at set pieces.
They’re comfortable defending leads but can be got at with through balls in behind their defence due to a lack of pace. West Ham have conceded only 0.6 goals per match in the competition.
West Ham’s Attack
West Ham focuses an awful lot of their attacks by playing long balls down the flanks to their pacey and trickery wingers likely to be Bowen and Benarahma who offer a consistent flair and crossing threat. If they can’t find the right final pass expect them along with Rice and Soucek to attempt lots of long shots.
I would expect their primary attacking threat to come from the pace and power of Antonio down the middle who has already 6 goals and 2 assists in his 8 games in the competition so far. West Ham has scored 2.25 goals per match throughout the competition.
Fiorentina plays a possession-based game and so employs a high defensive line and offside trap which could potentially be exploited by West Ham and in particular Antonio. Like West Ham, they’re competent in the air and at set-pieces with Martinez, Milenkovic, Gonzalez and Kouamé all averaging at least 2.2 Aerials won per game.
The weakest area of Fiorentina’s defence is defending against through-ball attacks and skilful players. This matches up with the West Ham’s best attacking traits unfortunately for Florentina. They have conceded 1.1 goals per game in this competition.
Fiorentina vs West Ham Prediction & Best Bet
Prediction: Fiorentina 1-1 West Ham FT (AET 2-1)
There’s very little to separate either side so I can see this coming down to the wire in what looks like Declan Rice’s final game for the club. Will it be a Fairytale ending for Rice and will Moyes get his happy ending after the stick he has received throughout the year?
I think not, Fiorentina to win this game very narrowly.
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