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  • February 17, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Fiorentina-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri search for third straight win

Fiorentina-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri search for third straight win

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Andrea Stramaccioni lost top goalscorer Diego Milito for the rest of the season on Thursday and will be hoping another attacking figure will emerge to fire his side to victory

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
FIORENTINA

Viviano
Compper, Rodriguez, Savic
Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Valero, Pasqual
Jovetic, Toni

INTER
Roma
Handanovic
Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Chivu
Kovavic, Gargano, Cambiasso, Nagatomo
Guarin
Cassano, Palacio


It is the battle between fifth and sixth place on Sunday when Fiorentina host Inter, with the visitors all but out of the title race.

Their task has been made all the more difficult after they lost striker Diego Milito to a serious knee injury in their 2-0 win over Cluj on Thursday.

The Argentine's nine goals make him the Nerazzurri's top goalscorer this season and with that in mind the attacking burden will now fall even more heavily on the shoulders of likely starters Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio, the latter of whom scored twice in midweek.

New signing Mateo Kovacic also impressed on Europa League duty and looks to have done enough to start again, but Inter will still be without Walter Samuel, Gabi Mudingayi, Luca Castellazzi and Joel Obi through injury.

A 2-0 defeat to Juventus in their last outing was by no means a disgrace for Vincenzo Montella's side, but he will be wary of the need to get a result following a run of just one victory in seven games.

Giulio Migliaccio and Alberto Aquilani return from suspension, but Matias Fernandez, Giuseppe Rossi, Ahmed Hegazy and Michele Camporese all remain on the treatment table. 

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter go into the game as favourites with an impressive unbeaten record against the Viola in their last 15 meetings.

  • The Nerazzurri have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games. 

  • Andrea Stramaccioni's side have lost five of their last six away games in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina will be encouraged by a fantastic home record that sees them undefeated in 15 of their last 16 contests at the Artemio Franchi.

  • There have been less than 2.5 goals scored in Fiorentina's last three home games in Serie A.
  • Stevan Jovetic (pictured, right) is Fiorentina's top goalscorer with nine strikes to his name this season.

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Available Squads
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
2Gonzalo RodríguezDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
40Nenad TomovicDefender
7David PizarroMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
11Juan CuadradoMidfielder
20Borja ValeroMidfielder
35Stevan JoveticStriker
8Adem LjajicStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
1Neto Goalkeeper
4Facundo RoncagliaDefender
5Marvin CompperDefender
-Cristian LlamaMidfielder
8Giulio MigliaccioMidfielder
27Rafal WolskiMidfielder
2Rômulo Midfielder
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
24Mounir El HamdaouiStriker
16Marcelo LarrondoStriker
9Luca ToniStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
13Andrea RanocchiaDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
27Vid BelecGoalkeeper
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
-Matteo CincillaGoalkeeper
-Matías SilvestreDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
2JonathanDefender
-Ezequiel SchelottoMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
-Matteo ColombiStriker
Players to Watch
David Pizarro
David Pizarro
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
28 1 6 1
In times of difficulty experience can be key and the 33-year-old midfielder has plenty of that having spent the majority of his career in Serie A. If he can get on the ball and dictate proceedings in the middle of the park then Fiorentina could have some success.
Rodrigo Palacio
Rodrigo Palacio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
37 17 3 0
His two goals against Cluj on Thursday could not have come at a better time given the serious injury sustained by Diego Milito and with seven goals to his name this season, he will now be expected to be the Nerazzurri's most potent threat in front of goal.
Prediction
Fiorentina's recent home outings have been low-scoring affairs, while Inter are without top goalscorer Diego Milito. Both teams desperately need a win though and could cancel one another out on Sunday.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 1

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