Twente have played more matches this season and as a result, their players will currently have better match fitness.
Fiorentina will be looking to seal a Europa Conference League group stage spot when they face FC Twente in the first leg of the playoff. The Thursday night clash will be hard to call. Despite the match taking place in Florence, the Dutch side will back themselves to get a positive result in this match following their impressive start to the season. Besides, Twente have played more matches this season and as a result, their players will currently have better match fitness. Nonetheless, the home support will be a big advantage for Fiorentina.
|Fiorentina vs FC Twente||Key Details|
|Date||17 August, 2022|
|Venue||Stadio Artemio Franchi|
|Kickoff time India||12:30 am (Friday)|
|Kickoff time Italy||9 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time Netherlands||9 pm (Thursday)|
The Italian side started the Serie A campaign on a positive note, beating Cremonese 3-2 in a thriller. This game could have gone either way but the Florence-based side prevailed in the end to get all three points. On the other hand, FC Twente have already played two league games and won them both. Besides, they defeated Cukaricki with a massive 7-2 aggregate margin in their last qualifying round. The visitors will hope to maintain their form as they head into a tough assignment on Thursday night.
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Fiorentina have been busy in the transfer market, making some smart buys. Centre-forward Luka Jovic is joined by midfielder Rolando Mandragora and full-back Dodo. All of them could play some part on Thursday night. Vincenzo Italiano’s side, however, will miss the services of Gaetano Castrovilli through injury. FC Twente’s injury list is pretty small as they will miss their skipper Wout Brama. The in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel is set to lead the line upfront, as the Dutch side will head into this clash full of confidence.
Fiorentina possible line-up: Gollini, Venuti, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi, Bonaventura, Amrabat, Mandragora, Ikone, Gonzalez, Jovic
FC Twente possible line-up: Unnerstall, Brenet, Hilgers, Pleguezuelo, Smal, Zerrouki, Sadilek, Vlap, Rots, Tzolis, Van Wolfswinkel
The Europa Conference League qualifier between Fiorentina and FC Twente will take place at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
The live coverage of the Europa Conference League qualifier between Fiorentina and FC Twente will be available on SKY Go Italia, NOW TV, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Football in Italy and RTL Z in the Netherlands.