2011 ends with a Tuscan derby, as Delio Rossi seeks only his second league win in charge of the Viola, while the Bianconeri aim to end a run of four consecutive defeats
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, D'Agostino, Gazzi, Brienza
De Silvestri, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Montolivo, Vargas
Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino looks likely to make three changes from the XI that fell to an unfortunate 2-0 reverse to AC Milan on Saturday, as the trio of Daniele Mannini, Gaetano D'Agostino and Mattia Destro should come in for Angelo, Francesco Bolzoni and Reginaldo.
On the injury front for the new boys, experienced midfielder Simone Vergassola is unlikely to feature, but is set to undergo a late fitness test, while the same outcome is expected for Nicola Belmonte, who is also doubtful.
Moving onto Fiorentina, the biggest alteration sees the return of midfield talisman Riccardo Montolivo, with Amidu Salifu ready to make way for his talents. Also, Cesare Natali is set to replace Matija Nastasic at centre-back, while Houssine Kharja is to be preferred to Andrea Lazzari.
However, Salifu's absence may be enforced as he is to be given a late test to prove his fitness, while Adem Ljajic additionally needs to be given the green light. Mattia Cassani and Per Kroldrup remain out of contention, as a comeback after New Year is now anticipated for the pair.
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- Siena currently find themselves in freefall, losing their last four on the bounce.
- Additionally, the Bianconeri are without a clean sheet in 11 matches.
- Three of Siena's four wins this season have come at home.
- Meanwhile, Fiorentina have won just one of their five Serie A fixtures under Delio Rossi.
- The Viola have not won on the road all season, losing five of their seven away trips.
- However, they have been defeated only once at the Artemio Franchi thus far, and are unbeaten in their past six games at the venue.
- Rossi's men have the upper hand, winning six of their 12 Serie A meetings. Siena have won just three times.