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  • February 20, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Sampdoria

Serie A Preview: Fiorentina - Sampdoria

Both sides lost in midweek and are looking to bounce back...

Mid-Table Security

In midweek Fiorentina gave Inter a run for their money but eventually went down 2-1 in Florence. It was a rescheduled Serie A fixture that was originally slated to be played in December, and one suspects that coach Sinisa Mihajlovic didn't really expect a victory over the Nerazzurri.

That's mainly because Fiorentina have wriggled their way out of the tentacles of the relegation octopus and are secured under the blanket of mid-table mediocrity. With 32 points from 25 matches, the Viola have a ten-point gap between themselves and the bottom-three.

Last weekend the Florence-based side accomplished their first away win of the league campaign as they defeated Palermo 4-2 in Sicily. In what was thoroughly entertaining match, Fiorentina gave a refreshing account of themselves, and will hope to win this weekend too.

Mid-Table Mediocrity

Like Fiorentina, Sampdoria won last weekend and like Fiorentina they lost in midweek. The Blucerchiati defeated Bologna 3-1 at home to station themselves in mid-table but suffered a humiliation as they went down 1-0 to Genoa in the derby In midweek.

Not that the loss has dragged the Samp into the relegation quagmire. After 25 rounds of matches, the former Italian champions find themselves in 13th place with 30 points, eight more than Brescia, who are third from bottom in the Serie A table.

Sampdoria's away form, though, makes them the second best side going into this encounter with Fiorentina in Florence. Domenico Di Carlo's men have conceded 19 goals in 12 away fixtures in the league and have won just two of them.



TEAM NEWS

Fiorentina

Vargas, Santana, Kroldrup, Jovetic and Frey are unavailable for the Viola as they are suffering from injuries.

Sampdoria

Semioli, Pozzi and Biabiany are injured and will miss the trip to Florence.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
23Manuel PasqualDefender
14Cesare NataliDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
4Marco DonadelMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
-Adrian MutuStriker
32Marco MarchionniMidfielder
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
25Gianluca ComottoDefender
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
8Adem LjajicStriker
9Khouma BabacarStriker
-Michele CamporeseDefender
66Juan VargasMidfielder
18Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
17Reto ZieglerDefender
14Massimo VoltaDefender
28Daniele GastaldelloDefender
-Gilberto Martinez VidalDefender
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
-Stefano GubertiMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-V. KomanMidfielder
7Massimo MaccaroneStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
-Stefano LucchiniDefender
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
10Simone ZazaStriker
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
14Marco PadalinoMidfielder
-Zsolt LaczkoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Adem Ljajic
Adem Ljajic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Adem Ljajic came on as a substitute against Palermo last weekend and set up two goals. The young Serbian's value has increased this season and although he might not be given a start this weekend either, Ljajic will be brought on at some point and he will be itching himself to repeat his feat in Florence again.

Angelo Palombo
Angelo Palombo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Last weekend Angelo Palombo displayed a captain's performance against Bologna and the Italian midfielder will be looking to do the same this weekend too. A hard-working player, Palombo will look to cut out Fiorentina's attacks as well as push his team forward.

Prediction

Fiorentina appear to have turned their fortunes around and will be confident of picking up a victory against Sampdoria. The Viola have looked better at home and will just about edge past Samp.

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