Europa League Betting Odds: A Head-to-Head Italian Affair

Published March 12, 2015 by Sol FH

Europa League Betting Odds: A Head-to-Head Italian Affair

Fiorentina vs Roma in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 live at 20:05 (GMT).

Two Italian teams with a long history against one another get set to face off in the first leg of the round of 16 tonight in Florence. Fiorentina will host Roma tonight in an all Italian match, which is just as much about getting into the Quarter Finals, as it is about pride. Both Serie A teams are in good positions on the league table, with Roma holding onto second place and Fiorentina still in fifth but close to jumping into third with a couple of wins.

Team Focus: Fiorentina vs Roma

All eyes will be on Egyptian scoring wizard Mohamed Saleh, still on loan for Fiorentina from Chelsea. He has scored six goals in seven games and looks like he will only get better from match to match. The home side will be without Babacar, Bernardeschi and Giuseppe Rossi, each out for different reasons, but the projected lineup of Alonso, Badelj, Basanta, Fernandez, Gomez, Marin, Neto, Pizarro, Richards, Salah, and Savic can play with any team in the world. 

Roma have been the pride of Rome this season, holding onto their second place Serie A spot and only losing two matches. If Juventus wasn't having the season of a lifetime, Roma would easily be within striking distance of first place already.

The visitors will only be without Castan and Ibarbo, but Rudi Garcia's squad look ready to make a statement in the first leg. Miralem Pjanić, the Bosnian with the golden foot, has been in the news quite a bit lately with Liverpool looking to make a deal for the star. Roma would be smart to hold onto him. Adem Ljajic, the Serbian attacker has already put 8 goals in the net over 23 games and will be looking get past the Fiorentina defense yet again tonight.

bet365 Online Gambling

There will be live in-play markets for tonight's match at bet365, along with the pre-match props already available. Fiorentina are the favorites at 2.40, which should be music to a punters ears, as Roma are at 3.30 and a draw 3.25. To go for the biggest online odds possible, try a Correct Score bet and get the most bang for your buck. 

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