UEFA Conference League final | Fiorentina vs West Ham | Preview, BestBets

After Sevilla secured their seventh UEFA Cup/Europa League last week, Wednesday night sees the Conference League take the spotlight.

As the Fortuna Arena plays host, Fiorentina and West Ham United face-off.

Having met just twice before in an Anglo-Italian League Cup Winners Cup tie in 1975, one side will make club history in Prague.

However, will it be purple or claret celebrating Conference League glory?


La Viola in tune

For Fiorentina, a European title has evaded them for over 60 years.

Winners of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961, La Viola were then beaten finalists by Atletico Madrid the season after.

Not since 1990 have the Italian side been to a European final again.

On that occasion, as Italia ’90 beckoned, an all Italian-affair saw Juventus win out in the two-leg final era.

On Wednesday night, a drought of 22 years without silverware could come to an end.

Now revitalised under Vincenzo Italiano, this will be Fiorentina’s second major final of the season.

Only a fortnight ago, the men from Florence fell to a 2-1 Coppa Italia final defeat to Champions League finalists Inter.

Still unpredictable and with a scratchy defensive record, it is an in-form attacking line their major asset.

Spearheaded by the ever-improving Nicolas Gonzalez, and Brazilian strike partner Arthur Cabral, the duo have scored six goals between them in the knockout stages.

West Ham must be wary of the South American pairing.


Can the Moyesiah deliver?

West Ham, meanwhile, have not been in this position in Europe since 1999.

Indeed, omitting the Intertoto Cup win of that year, The Irons have not won a major pot since the FA Cup in 1980.

And it could be David Moyes to finally end that wait in perhaps his final game in charge.

For all the Scot’s critics at the London Stadium, Moyes could become a club legend with victory.

At one time clinging to his job in east London, the former Manchester United and Everton boss has again managed to keep the fans on side.

In terms of form, the Hammers have seen steady progression of late, holding title-chasing Arsenal to a 2-2 draw as a prominent turning point.

Defensively, the Londoners are now tighter at the back in no small part to Nayef Aguerd, after coming through early injury since his move from Rennes.

Can it be the Moroccan centre-back leading West Ham to Conference glory?


Bet on Nico to net

We already touched on the threat of Gonzalez, and the Fiorentina forward has four goals in his last five games.

The slight plus for West Ham is that in those five appearances, Nico has found the net in every other game.

Having grabbed a goal against Sassuolo on final day this past weekend, his short-term dry game is set for Wednesday night.

Nevertheless, with his all-round menace and underrated aerial ability, the Argentine is an excellent 14/5 with William Hill to score anytime.

For La Viola to score in both halves meanwhile, a 7/2 shot with BoyleSports in on the table.

In the case of West Ham, this is set to be Declan Rice‘s swansong in a West Ham shirt and we can a see big performance.

At 19/2 to net in 90 mins with BetUK, not just the price, but the Rice could be right.

As far as the outright markets go, the bookies see the trophy staying in Italy after AS Roma’s win last term.

Favourites at 9/5 – again with BetUK – West Ham’s just shy of 2/1 value at 37/10 with the same bookmaker is also worth considering.

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