Our football expert shares betting tips for the Europa Conference League final between Fiorentina and West Ham United, with both teams vying for their first piece of major European silverware in the 21st century.
Fiorentina vs West Ham United (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)
Czechia hosts the second Europa Conference League final which will be held at the Fortuna Arena, in Prague. The inaugural 2022 final was held in Tirana, Albania seeing Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0, the solitary goal coming from Nicolò Zaniolo.
The Roma team lost to Sevilla last week on penalties in this year’s Europa League final. Viola will be keen to continue the Italian tradition of not only winning this competition but to also remedy their loss of silverware in the Coppa Italia final to Inter last month.
Indeed the thirst for trophies is ever more prevalent when it comes to their opposition The Hammers, they haven’t held silver since 1981 and that was when they won the English Second Division. The prospect of victory is also the only path back into Europe next season for either side. 1×2 2.70 3.16 2.63.
Fiorentina ended their Serie A league campaign in 8th place. They’ve garnered ten points from their last 5 league games, finishing the season last Friday on good form with a 3-1 victory over Sassuolo. Riccardo Saponara and Nicolás González sealed the scoresheet after the opposition drew level in the second half, they are at 4.75 and 3.60 to score in ordinary time respectively.
Proceedings were opened by Arthur Cabral, the Brazilian leading the charge for goals scored for the Florentine side this season, seventeen goals across all competitions. To no surprise, he’s pipped to score anytime with 3.40, the front-runner for either team and perhaps for rivals AC Milans Summer shopping list. This final provides an excellent opportunity for the Northern Italian side, more so than their last domestic cup opportunity. They’ll be keen to place an accolade into their trophy cabinet for the first time since 2001.
West Ham have had a fairly woeful season, finishing fourteenth place in the Premier League. The Irons have only won six points from their last five league games, finishing the season in familiar style by losing away 2-1 to The Foxes. Pablo Fornals Malla provided a late consolation goal, he’s at 5.50 to score in ordinary time.
Opportunities in this game however are most likely to come from Jamaican international Michail Antonio, having scored fourteen goals across all competitions this season.
The side has not participated in a European final in forty-seven years, the forward seems well motivated for the game having been recently quoted as saying ‘’This is massive for me. It’s probably the biggest thing I’ve been involved in, in my life.. we want to win it’’. To score the forward is at 3.70 in ordinary time or to score the first goal at 7.00.
Fairly even on paper and with slim success in recent memory, the players on both sides will be hungry to deliver the goods back to their respective stadiums. It’ll be an extremely close game. Correct score 0:0 9.00, 1:1 6.50 or 2:2 15.00.
**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+00:00 Wednesday 7th June**
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