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  • October 3, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina – Palermo

Serie A Preview: Fiorentina – Palermo

Both sides have picked up momentum in recent matches and are looking good again…

Looking Good Again

Fiorentina have had a torrid start to the 2010-11 campaign and been struggling around the relegation zone. But things have taken a surge towards the better since last weekend when the Viola defeated Parma 2-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side are currently 15th in the table with five points from five matches and with other sides dropping points and showing bouts of inconsistency as well, the Viola are just four points off a Champions League spot.

Confronting Europe-aspiring Palermo in Florence is not going to be easy for the Viola but having won last weekend Fiorentina will be confident of garnering maximum points from this fixture.

Surging Toward The Top


After a rather modest start to the season, Palermo are back in form. A massive 3-1 win against Juventus in Turin was followed by a 2-2 draw with Lecce last weekend and on Thursday in the Europa League the Sicilians defeated Lausanne 1-0.

Palermo are 14th in the league table with five points from five matches and have started to pick up momentum. Like Fiorentina they too are just four points off a Champions League spot.

However, Delio Rossi's side have to stop conceding goals and tighten at the back as they have the joint-second worst defensive record in Serie A so far this season, having shipped in eight goals.


TEAM NEWS


Fiorentina


Jovetic, D'Agostino and Gulan are injured and will miss the visit of Palermo. Pasqual has recovered and is slated to start at left-back but winger Vargas will sit out the game.

Gilardino will be the lone striker up front with Cerci, Ljajic and Marchionni playing behind him in a three-man attacking midfield system.

Palermo


Brichetto, Miccoli, Liverani and Rigoni are out injured for Palermo, who will once again play in a 4-3-2-1 system. Pinilla will be the lone striker upfront and Pastore and Ilicic will be deployed just behind him.

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Available Squads
1Sebastien FreyGoalkeeper
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
-Per Billeskov KroldrupDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
-Marco DonadelMidfielder
22Alessio CerciMidfielder
8Adem LjajicStriker
-Marco MarchionniMidfielder
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
19FelipeDefender
-Cristiano ZanettiMidfielder
9Khouma BabacarStriker
25Gianluca ComottoDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
18Mario BolattiMidfielder
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
2Mattia CassaniDefender
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
5Cesare BovoDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
8Giulio MigliaccioMidfielder
-Armin BačinovičMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
2S. GarcíaDefender
36Matteo DarmianDefender
25Kamil GlikDefender
11Abel HernándezStriker
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
7Massimo MaccaroneStriker
Players to Watch
Adem Ljajic
Adem Ljajic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Ljajic has looked excellent in the last few matches for Fiorentina and is yet another young player to have emerged out of the Italian top flight. Ljajic will be deployed in the centre of a three-man attacking midfield and will be responsible for crafting chances for the lone striker Gilardino.
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Once again Pastore will be the one expected to entertain the spectators. The Argentina international has been sensational so far and appears to be at his best. Pastore’s tricks, intelligence and passes will be key to ripping apart Fiorentina’s backline.

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