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AS Roma and Fiorentina Battle for a Champions League BerthPublished March 4, 2016 by Florin P
Fiorentina hopes to salvage a sub-par season by securing a Champions League berth (7:45 p.m UK Time).
AS Roma is on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League, as the Italian team lost the first leg against Real Madrid. Only a miracle can save them, but while their hopes of advancing to the next round are slim to none, they could return to the European flagship competition next year. What they need to do right now is to defeat Fiorentina and close the gap separating them from the leaders.
Fiorentina Tries to Overtake AS Roma
Currently the two teams are tied for the third-place, with the squad from the nation’s capital having a better goal average. This is hardly enough to keep them safe and they need to win more back-to-back games to retain their position on the podium. Meanwhile, Fiorentina will be chasing another elusive victory on the road, after defeating Atalanta two weeks ago.
The most recent match against Napoli started a promising fashion but after scoring an early goal, they allowed the visitors to tie the score. Their inability to defend narrow margin leads has plagued Fiorentina throughout the season and will pose real challenges ahead of this fixture.
Serie a Is a Priority for AS Roma
Now that the odds of making the quarterfinals of the Champions League are crushing, As Roma can focus entirely on the domestic championship. They are making significant progress and recent results suggest that the Italians are throwing everything they’ve got at domestic rivals.
One of the positives is that all the players that usually feature in the starting formation are fit to play and with the first 11, AS Roma has won six games in a row. Even more impressive is the fact that they managed to score an average of three goals per match over the span. Under these circumstances, it is worth taking the even odds offered by bet365 Sports and backing the home side to prevail.