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Serie A

  • 22 April 2012
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 22000

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



Gamberini, Natali, Nastasic
Cassani, Behrami, M'livo, Lazzari, Pasqual

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

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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

A. Cerci

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former Roma starlet has experienced mixed fortunes this season. On one hand he has shown glimpses of class in a Viola shirt, as shown by his four Serie A goals this season, but on the other he has garnered criticism for his apparent lack of teamwork and selfish attitude. His foolish red card against Juventus proved to be the last straw for Delio Rossi as he was promptly dropped from the lineup, but Fiorentina's dwindling squad sees him back in the reckoning with a point to prove.

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Argentine has scored 17 league goals since the winter break and is firing on all cylinders at the moment. His 20-goal tally is good enough for second spot in the Serie A scoring charts and he will look to fire the Nerazzurri all the way to a Champions League spot. Additionally, Fiorentina are one of Milito's favourite opponents, having scored four goals in seven appearances against them.

Editor's Prediction

It promises to be a very open match between two of Serie A's leakiest backlines, and with both Fiorentina and Inter possessing a clinical finisher in their ranks, it could be goals a plenty when these two sides meet in Tuscany. However, expect the Nerazzurri to continue their recent run of high-scoring matches with another on Sunday.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

ACF Fiorentina FIO
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ACF Fiorentina FIO
1 - 3
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1 - 2
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