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  • 22 April 2012
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Fiorentina - Inter Preview: Delio Rossi's strugglers host resurgent Nerazzurri in potentially decisive clash

Fiorentina - Inter Preview: Delio Rossi's strugglers host resurgent Nerazzurri in potentially decisive clash

The Viola are fighting for their lives near the bottom of the Serie A table after a run of just two wins in 11 matches, while the visitors remain unbeaten under Andrea Stramaccioni

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FIORENTINA


Boruc
Gamberini, Natali, Nastasic
Cassani, Behrami, M'livo, Lazzari, Pasqual
Cerci
Ljajic
INTER


Julio Cesar
Zanetti, Lucio, Chivu, Nagatomo
Cambiasso, Stankovic, Obi
Forlan, Milito,
Zarate

Delio Rossi certainly has his work cut out if his Fiorentina side are to spring a surprise against Inter, with news that four first-teamers out of contention only furthering his woes. Per Kroldrup and Juan Vargas have seen their seasons end prematurely, while Amauri is banned from participation.

There was also hope that Stevan Jovetic would shake off his knock in time, but he looks all but certain to miss out. Consequently, the ex-Palermo coach is likely to make three changes from the goalless draw with the Rosanero a fortnight ago. Lorenzo De Silvestri should be dropped at the expense of Mattia Cassani and Alessio Cerci is expected to partner Adem Ljajic in attack.

Meanwhile Inter will be without key trio Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Walter Samuel, who are all injured, while Luc Castaignos has been sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Therefore, coach Andrea Stramaccioni is likely to make numerous alterations from the XI that took to the field in the 2-1 win against Siena two weeks ago. Yuto Nagatomo should replace Samuel in defence, while Ricardo Alvarez is expected to make way for Diego Forlan in attack.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fiorentina are without a win in their last three home games.
  • If Delio Rossi's side lose to Inter on Sunday and both Genoa and Lecce win, they will drop into the relegation zone.
  • The Viola have not beaten Inter in their last 13 attempts.
  • Inter have been defeated in seven of their past nine away days in all competitions.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni has not yet named an unchanged lineup in his three games in charge.
  • They have won 11 of 15 meetings with Fiorentina since the Tuscan club returned to Serie A in 2004.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
14Cesare NataliDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
2Mattia CassaniDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
-Michele CamporeseDefender
11Alessio CerciMidfielder
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
8Adem LjajicStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
-Ruben OliveraMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
-Boadu AcostyMidfielder
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
13Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
Players to Watch
Alessio Cerci
Alessio Cerci
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
37 13 5 0
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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