Odds and Preview - Fiorentina vs. Grasshoppers - UEFA Europa League Qualifications Play-off - 2nd Leg - August 28th, 2013

AC Fiorentina vs. Grasshoppers - Team Logos - MatchupFiorentina will battle Grasshoppers on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League play-offs; the match will be held at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. The score in the first leg match in Zurich was a 1-2 victory for Fiorentina.

Fiorentina are an interesting team at the moment. After finishing 4th last year in Serie A, they strengthened their squad during this summer's transfer market by signing a prolific striker, Mario Gomez, from Bayern Munich. Fiorentina are looking to go far in the UEFA Europa League this season. They have started well in Serie A, by beating Catania 2-1 over the weekend.

Grasshoppers finished second in the Swiss Super League last season. Earlier this month, in the UEFA Champions League qualifications, they fought Lyon and ended up losing 0-2 on aggregate.

Let's take a look at the odds for the upcoming match in Florence:

Fiorentina: 8/15
Draw: 3/1
Grasshoppers: 11/2

Fiorentina are the favourites to win on Thursday. $100 wagered on the hosts could return $53 in profit, while the same bet on the guests could yield $550 in profit.

The most likely score in the upcoming game is a 1-0 victory for Fiorentina, valued at 6/1 (bet $100 to profit $600). To advance to the Europa League group stage, Grasshoppers would have to score twice and keep a clean sheet. The odds of Grasshoppers winning 2-0, for example, are 40/1 (bet $100 to profit $4,000).

According to the odds, Mario Gomez is most likely to get on the score sheet at 1/1 (bet $100 to profit $100).

Let's see how this game plays out!