Fiorentina - Juventus Preview: The Old Lady face stern test against a revitalised Viola
The Bianconeri face-off against Vincenzo Montella's rejuvenated side, looking to extend their 43-match unbeaten domestic run
By Alex Mott
Cassani, Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Tomovic
Pizarro, Cuadrado, Valero
Lucio, Bonucci, Chiellini
Lichst'ner, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Asamoah
Juventus will look to make it five wins from five as they travel to Stadio Artemio Franchi to face a resplendent Fiorentina side.
After resting a number of key players for the match against Chievo last weekend, Antonio Conte could welcome back Andrea Pirlo, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal to the starting XI.
Elsewhere, Lucio is set to keep his place at centre-back alongside Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, whilst Fabio Quagliarella will remain up top after his goalscoring exploits against the Flying Donkeys.
Fiorentina meanwhile, are expected to name a relatively unchanged side from the one that drew with Parma on Saturday.
Vincenzo Montella will stay with Facundo Roncaglia at centre-back, partnering Gonzalo Rodriguez, whilst David Pizarro and Borja Valero will look to battle and create in the centre of midfield.
One change the Viola could make, will be to name Luca Toni instead of Haris Seferovic up front.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- In the last meeting between the teams, Juventus hammered the Viola 5-0.
- Juventus are the highest scoring team in Serie A so far this season, with 11 goals in four games.
- At the other end of the pitch, their defence has conceded just 2 goals.
- Conversely, Fiorentina have scored six and let in four goals so far in this campaign.
- Vincenzo Montella could give Luca Toni (pictured right) his first start on Tuesday since re-joining the club in August. The last time he played in Florence, the 35-year-old bagged 31 goals in the 05-06 season.
- Fiorentina have won two Serie A title in their history, the last coming in 1968-69.
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Top 3 Predictions
Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus
- 25.97 %
Fiorentina 0-3 Juventus
- 14.46 %
Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus
- 13.58 %
|Europa League (EL)||20 Mar 2014||Fiorentina 0 - Juventus 1|
|Europa League (EL)||13 Mar 2014||Juventus 1 - Fiorentina 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||9 Mar 2014||Juventus 1 - Fiorentina 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||20 Oct 2013||Fiorentina 4 - Juventus 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||9 Feb 2013||Juventus 2 - Fiorentina 0|
|19 Apr 2014||Fiorentina 0 - Roma 1||SR-A|
|13 Apr 2014||Hellas Verona 3 - Fiorentina 5||SR-A|
|6 Apr 2014||Fiorentina 2 - Udinese 1||SR-A|
|30 Mar 2014||Sampdoria 0 - Fiorentina 0||SR-A|
|26 Mar 2014||Fiorentina 0 - AC Milan 2||SR-A|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
The Spaniard, although only a recent signing, has already proved to be the creative heart of the Fiorentina midfield. His intelligent running and pin-point passes, have seen the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Matias Fernandez thrive this season, and expect him to produce the same skill and class again on Tuesday.
Quagliarella has been on superb form this season, scoring an equaliser against Chelsea in the Champions League, and then following that up with a brace against Chievo. Up against Cassani and Rodriguez, I can see the former Udinese man producing a performance to match those of recent weeks.
Last season, the same fixture ended Fiorentina 0-5 Juventus. Don't expect the same one-sidedness this time, but do expect the Bianconeri to dominate the Viola. With Pirlo, Vidal and Lichtsteiner to return to the starting XI, the Old Lady will have enough to oversee the hosts' talented, but less dynamic midfield.
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