The biggest game of the Group A round of fixtures to this point takes place on Thursday in the Europa Conference League, as Fiorentina host Istanbul Basaksehir. Both sides currently sit in the top two places, but the visitors could ensure their first-place finish with a victory.
Europa Conference League Preview
Things in Group A of the Europa Conference League have played out as many would have thought, as Fiorentina and Istanbul Basaksehir look set to book their spots in the next round of the competition. However, the advantage coming into this penultimate round of fixtures is with Istanbul, as they sit top of Group A with a three point advantage over the Serie A giants.
The Turkish side has won three of the four games that they have played in the competition so far this season. During that run, they have scored an impressive ten goals and they are yet to concede. Their latest win was a 3-0 home success against RFS. Stefano Okaka scored twice in that victory, while the other goal was scored by Deniz Turuc.
The pressure for this penultimate fixture in Group A will be on Fiorentina, as they will need to pick up a victory to keep their realistic hopes of topping the group alive. They have won twice from four fixtures in the group so far this season, as they have allowed five goals.
However, they put in their strongest performance of the season in their previous fixture, as they hammered Hearts 5-1 at home. Nicolas Gonzalez scored twice in that win, while the other goals were netted by Luka Jovic, Cristiano Biraghi, and Antonin Barak.
Fiorentina vs Istanbul Basaksehir Head to Head
The only previous meeting between these sides came on matchday two, as Istanbul ran out very comfortable 3-0 winners. Serdar Gurler scored twice in that victory, while the final goal was scored in the 90th minute by Bertrand Traore.
Fiorentina vs Istanbul Basaksehir Prediction
This will be a crucial game for both sides in Group A, as the winning team will likely finish top of the standings. However, we could see Istanbul playing a defensive tactic and being happy to take a point. Therefore, a draw could be the most likely result.
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