Fiorentina vs. Inter Milan Preview, Odds, Predictions (May 24)
Two sides with lacklustre seasons in Serie A aim for cup glory at home and abroad, as Fiorentina take on Inter Milan in the final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.
Fiorentina might be struggling to get into the top half of the Serie A table, but the Tscan outfit are somehow on the verge of an astonishing domestic and continental cup double.
While Vincenzo Italiano’s sit in 11th place having won just 13 of their 36 games in the Italian top flight, Fiorentina have battled their way to the final of both the Europa Conference League and the Coppa Italia this season, and are on the verge of a first piece of silverware in over 20 years.
After coming second in their Conference League group, La Viola overcame the likes of Braga, Lech Pozenan, and Basel in the knockout rounds.
But they’ll face their toughest opponent to date when they line up against David Moyes’ West Ham in next week’s final.
And it’s a similar story in the Coppa Italia, where Fiornetina made light work of Sampdoria, Torino and Cremonese to set up the mother of all tasks against Inter in the final.
Simone Inzaghi’s side are looking to finish the season on a high by adding two more trophies to the Supercoppa Italiana they won in January.
Inter have also had their struggles in the league, and Inzaghi’s position looked shaky when the Azzurri lost three Serie A matches on the bounce for the first time in six years back in March.
But with only a single loss in their last nine games in all competition, Inter have charted a path to the Champions League and Coppa Italia finals, leaving Inzaghi on the cusp of achieving legendary status in Italy’s second city.
Nuts and Bolts
Despite suffering a 3-1 defeat to Scudetto champions Napoli on the weekend, Inter come into Wednesday night’s matchup as the far stronger side on paper.
Inzaghi heavily rotated his squad in that loss to Napoli, and it’ll be a full strength Inter Milan that steps out onto the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.
Prior to that defeat last time out, Inter were on a five game winning run in Serie A, and the Azzurri have racked up 18 goals across that 450 minutes of football.
Fiorentina have lost only one of their last five matches in the league, and they come into Wednesday’s final on the back of a 1-1 draw away to Torino on the weekend.
The two sides played out a seven goal thriller when these sides last met back in October, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring a 95th minute winner after Luka Jović had drawn the side level just five minutes earlier.
All odds courtesy of Northstar Bets
With all their firepower and the boost from reaching the Champions League final, we’re backing Inzaghi’s men to get the job done in 90 minutes on Wednesday night.
Both teams not to score (+108)
It was a goal fest when they last met but both sides have played out low scoring games on their way to the final. Inter beat Juve 2-1 on aggregate in the semifinal, while Fiorentina overcame Cremonese 2-0 across two legs.