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.
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.
Frey, Montolivo, Jovetic, Zanetti, Felipe and Babacar are out injured for the Viola.
Budan and Caserta are out unavailable for the Seahorses because of injuries.