Sunday will see Stadio Artemio Franchi host the first match between Fiorentina and Benevento after the tragic and sudden passing of club captain Davide Astori. The hosts are aiming to pay tribute to their late captain and show their respect and appreciation towards Davide.
It promises to be an emotional atmosphere at Stadio Artemio. There is a history of Fiorentina performing well when emotions are running over to their players and fans.
The result will be of secondary importance to players alike and fans in Florence. Still, they will likely commemorate Astori with a win on Sunday. They will surely build on the emotional presence once the whistle blows for the match as all the Serie A teams come to terms with the loss of a player who left his mark across the club game and as an Italian international.
It will surely not be an easy task for the visitors considering the atmosphere. Also Benevento are at the bottom having 13 points shy of safety after a miserable season.
The Witches of the South have lost 22 of 26 Serie A games, quite a record for a side currently in the top tier of Italian football. They have failed to score in last 6 games. Their form does not back them to survive the drop in their first season.
Benevento are the only team in Europe who haven’t collected a single point away from home. Their 10 points have all come in home turf. Their points tally after 26 games is the second worst in the league history.
The statistics and form favor Fiorentina to bag a comfortable win at home and depart with their late club captain at a high.
Fiorentina have had a rough patch this season. The sit 10th in the league and have lost last 3 games of their previous 6 matches. It looks too optimistic to consider them for Europa League qualification as they are 9 points adrift from 7th place Sampdoria.
Benevento sit at the bottom of the league with 10 points from 26 games, one of the worst points tally seen at this stage in the league history. They are in poor form losing 5 of their last 6 games and failed to score in 4 of their last 7 games.
Fiorentina squad is injury free this moment and all squad players are available for selection in the match squad.
Benevento will miss the services of defender Sandro as he was sidelined with a muscle injury and expected back on 13th March.
Midfielder Nicola Viola is serving a card suspension and center back Luca Antei has been ruled out for the season after his Achilles tendon surgery. All other members are fit and available for the match.
Key Players to Watch
Simeone is the top scorer for the Florence side with 7 goals and 3 assists. He will be looking for an excellent parting gift for Davide Astori with his goals and winning the match.
Simeone will be at the heart of every attacking play Fiorentina has to offer.
Bringola played as left attacker and scored his last goal against Roma for the opening goal. His impressive pace and close control of the ball makes him a proper link up guy between attack and midfield players.
The two teams have only met each other for the first time on Oct 22, 2017. Roma won with a score of 3-0. It was a rather a comfortable win for the visitors as the hosts offered little going forward.
Fiorentina vs Benevento Lineups ( Predicted XI)
Fiorentina Lineup (4-3-3)
Def: Biraghi, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Laurini
Mid: Veretout, Badelji, Benassi
Benevento Lineup (4-3-3)
Def: Sagna, Djimsiti, Tosca, Letizia
Mid: Pinto, Guilherme, Cataldi
Fiorentina vs Benevento Prediction
We expect an emotional roller coaster at Florence this Sunday and hope the players perform big time to give a good farewell win for Davide Astori.
Benevento is shy about attacking prowess and expect Fiorentina to bag a crucial win with the score of 1-0 at home.