Luigi Delneri’s first match in charge of Genoa ended in defeat away to AC Milan at the weekend and he will be hoping for a better result to mark his home debut against Fiorentina on Thursday (7.45pm GMT).
Delneri was brought in following a patchy start to the season under previous coach Luigi De Canio. He set his team up in a solid 4-4-1-1 formation for the visit to the San Siro and for most of the match that looked likely to yield him a draw. However, Milan scored a 77th minute winner that saw Delneri and his side return to Genova pointless.
Injuries to Peruvian wide midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas and top-scorer Marco Borriello – both of whom are likely to be out of action until late November – have rid Delneri of two of his most potent attacking weapons. He is likely, once again, to prioritise solidity for the visit of a Fiorentina side who have created a good impression so far this season.
Vicenzo Montella joined Fiorentina from Catania in the summer and immediately embarked on a wide-ranging transfer spree that saw no fewer that 18 new players arrive at the Artemio Franchi. He has moulded his new recruits into a neat, attractive outfit who hold possession well and look a prolific striker away from being an excellent side.
Fiorentina are currently fifth in the table, but all four of their wins thus far have been at home. They have picked up just two points on their travels, although their two away defeats were against Napoli and Inter Milan, both of whom are currently in the top three.
This Preview’s Betting Tip Verdict: Lacking a sharp cutting edge up front, Genoa (12/5 with BetVictor) will most probably look to keep this match tight. With Fiorentina (7/5 Stan James) also bereft of a killer touch in the final third and performing less impressively away from home, a tightly-contested draw seems the most likely result.
- Therefore, bet on the draw @ 7/3 (that’s just bigger than 2.3/1) with Pinnacle.