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  • November 13, 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
  • • Attendance: 20340
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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Cesena

Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Cesena

The Seahorses will be buoyed by their defeat of Lazio in midweek while Fiorentina will try to recover from their loss to Roma...

Recovering From Midweek Defeat

Fiorentina’s narrow 3-2 defeat to Roma in Rome on Wednesday evening was their first loss in five matches in all competitions. It punctured a revival that the Viola had undergone since the middle of October and pushed them to just a point above the relegation zone.

Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic should know that the congested table means that dropping points against Cesena on Saturday could drag them back to the bottom three, which means that mustering a win at home is imperative.

Encouragingly for the Viola, they have won thrice in the league in Florence as well as their last three games in all competitions at home.

Shocking Win

Earlier in the season Serie A newcomers Cesena had defeated Milan 2-0 at home and had also drawn with Roma in Rome, but in midweek the Seahorses created a major upset as they defeated then-league leaders Lazio 1-0 at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.

The win was timely too for the relegation candidates as it put an end to their eight-game winless run and also took their points tally to 11 from as many matches – to put this into perspective, Cagliari in 15th have as many points as Cesena, who are second from bottom in the league.

Nevertheless, Cesena must not spend much time dwelling on the victory over Lazio and must ready themselves for another tough game, this time in Florence against Fiorentina. Cesena have not won away from home in the league all season and they will be looking to alter that record on Saturday.



TEAM NEWS

Fiorentina

Frey, Montolivo, Jovetic, Zanetti, Felipe and Babacar are out injured for the Viola.

Cesena

Budan and Caserta are out unavailable for the Seahorses because of injuries.


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Players to watch

A. Gilardino

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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Alberto Gilardino was Fiorentina’s best player against Roma on Wednesday evening and was on target too against the Lupi. The Italian striker will be crucial against Cesena as he will start as the lone marksman upfront and will be entrusted with the task of scoring the goals.

M. Parolo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Marco Parolo’s strike was the difference between Cesena and Lazio in midweek and the midfielder will be encouraged by his performance and looking to damage Fiorentina on Saturday. He will be one of the defensive-minded medios but will push forward and help in the attack.

Editor's Prediction

Fiorentina lost at the weekend but they will still be the favourites to win in Florence on Saturday. However, Cesena will be buoyed by their midweek defeat of Lazio and could salvage a draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Fiorentina

Cesena

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

ACF Fiorentina FIO
ACF Fiorentina Fiorentina
Draw
AC Cesena CES
AC Cesena Cesena
86%

Top 3 Predictions

ACF Fiorentina FIO
2 - 0
AC Cesena CES
ACF Fiorentina FIO
1 - 0
AC Cesena CES
ACF Fiorentina FIO
3 - 0
AC Cesena CES

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