The Europa Conference League final takes place at THE Eden Arena in Prague on Wednesday night, featuring an exciting clash between Fiorentina and West Ham United, both vying for a chance at glory.
Fiorentina aims to follow in the footsteps of their fellow Italian team Roma, who secured victory in the inaugural Conference League tournament last year. After finishing second in Group A, Vincenzo Italiano’s squad overcame Sporting Braga, Sivasspor, and Lech Poznan, culminating in a thrilling extra-time triumph against Basel in the semifinals. The Viola, who recently fell short in the Coppa Italia final against Inter, are determined to avoid a similar fate as they face David Moyes’ men this midweek.
West Ham’s European campaign has been a standout highlight amidst their season, showcasing improvement towards the end of the Premier League to distance themselves from the relegation battle. Overcoming AEK Larnaca, Gent, and AZ, this upcoming match will prove to be the Hammers’ toughest challenge yet as they strive to end the club’s 43-year trophy drought.
In terms of outright betting, bookmakers find it difficult to separate the teams, with Fiorentina slightly edging as outsiders at 7/4, while a draw within the 90 minutes can be wagered at 2/1 . West Ham United, having triumphed in 13 out of their 14 Europa Conference League matches this season, are the favorites at 17/10 to secure victory without the need for extra time or penalty kicks.
Considering betting angles, while many anticipate a cautious encounter between the two sides, it might be worth considering a value bet by backing Both Teams to Score at 5/6. Despite West Ham’s mixed form, their attacking prowess has allowed them to score in all 14 of their continental contests this season, as well as in 25 out of 38 Premier League matches. However, the Hammers have struggled to keep a clean sheet, conceding in seven out of their 14 Europa Conference League games, including three of their last four.
With a talented squad at their disposal, Fiorentina is more than capable of creating scoring opportunities against West Ham. Nevertheless, their defense has shown vulnerabilities, failing to keep a clean sheet in six out of eight knockout ties. Opponents such as Sporting Braga, Sivasspor, Lech Poznan, and Basel have all breached Fiorentina’s backline. In fact, Both Teams to Score has been a winning bet in each of Fiorentina’s last five European fixtures, making the odds of 17/20 for a repeat in Prague an appealing betting option.