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  • March 20, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Roma

Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Roma

Vincenzo Montella's team will hope to maintain their momentum and craft a victory in Florence...

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Fiorentina: Boruc; Comotto, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual; Behrami, Montolivo, Vargas; Santana; Gilardino, Mutu

Fiorentina


Roma: Doni; N. Burdiosso, Mexes, Juan, Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi; Taddei, Perrotta, Menez; Totti

Roma


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Fiorentina head into Week 30 in eighth place in Serie A with 40 points, nine points off the final Europa League slot.
  • The Viola have won eight games at home in the league this season, losing three and drawing three.
  • Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side have won their last two league encounters without conceding a goal and are unbeaten in their last four Serie A matches.
  • The Gigliati have shipped 11 goals at home in the league this campaign –that’s as many as Milan and Udinese and fewer than Inter, Lazio and Roma.
  • Roma are sixth in the league standings with 49 points from 29 matches, four points off the final Champions League slot.
  • The Giallorossi defeated Lazio 2-0 in Serie A last weekend for what was their fifth successive Rome derby triumph, which also includes a Coppa Italia victory earlier this year.
  • Vincenzo Montella has yet to lose a single league encounter in charge of Roma, having led his team to three wins in four.
  • The Lupi have the third worst defensive record away from home in the championship, having shipped 27 times.


LAST MEETING


November 10, 2010: Roma 3-2 Fiorentina

Fabio Simplicio broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time for Roma and six minutes into the second-half Marco Borriello doubled the former Italian champions’ advantage. However, Alberto Gilardino halved the deficit in the 69th minute but Simone Perrotta restored Roma’s two-goal cushion minutes later. Gaetano D'Agostino netted the second for the Viola a minute before normal time but Roma held on for a 3-2 victory.

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Odds
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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
23Manuel PasqualDefender
14Cesare NataliDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
25Gianluca ComottoDefender
66Juan VargasMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
-Mario SantanaMidfielder
-Adrian MutuStriker
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
-Michele CamporeseDefender
30Marco DonadelMidfielder
8Adem LjajicStriker
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
9Khouma BabacarStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
4JuanDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
7David PizarroMidfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
11Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
19Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
22Marco BorrielloStriker
Players to Watch
Juan Vargas
Juan Vargas
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 66
Games Goals YC RC
24 4 2 0

Juan Manuel Vargas has struggled with injuries this campaign but the Peruvian winger is set to start against Roma. Vargas is one of the best and more skillful players in Serie A and will be a threat to the Lupi along the flanks.

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
26 8 3 0

Francesco Totti turned on the style on the big occasion last weekend as he scored both goals in Roma’s 2-0 victory over Lazio in the Rome derby. The veteran Italian attacker doesn’t always play at his best against the ‘lesser’ teams but for Roma to qualify for next season’s Champions League the 34-year-old will have to be consistent and play his part against Fiorentina in Florence.

Prediction

Roma are back on song and after their defeat of Lazio last week will aspire for all three points in Florence. One suspects that the Lupi will just about get them.

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Editor's Prediction
Roma 2

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