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
Gamberini, Natali, Nastasic
Cassani, Behrami, M'livo, Lazzari, Pasqual
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 are out of contention only adding to 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.
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- 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.