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  • December 20, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 9117
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Serie A Preview: Siena v Fiorentina

Serie A Preview: Siena v Fiorentina

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


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
SIENA

Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, D'Agostino, Gazzi, Brienza
Calaio, Destro

FIORENTINA


Boruc
De Silvestri, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Montolivo, Vargas
Kharja
Gilardino, Jovetic


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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Players to watch

M. Destro

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Inter starlet has been linked with Juventus in recent weeks, and after missing his side's previous outing against Milan, he'll be raring to go against Fiorentina and continue to boost his status as a promising young hitman. Despite not scoring since his explosive start to the season, where he fired three times in the first four matches, his form as a sharpshooter for Italian youth teams simply cannot be ignored.

S. Jovetić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Easily Fiorentina's best player this season, despite missing the start of the season with injury, a run of seven goals in 12 games has seen him salvage point after point for his team against the likes of Parma, Catania and Atalanta. His close control, devilish dribbing and impressive technique along with his similarities to Roberto Baggio have made him a hugely exciting forward with the world at his feet.

Editor's Prediction

Fiorentina should prove too much for their Tuscan neighbours come Tuesday, as Delio Rossi will hope to oversee a morale-boosting victory to mark the end of what has been a dismal first half of the season for the Viola.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Siena

Fiorentina

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica SIE
Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Siena
Draw
ACF Fiorentina FIO
ACF Fiorentina Fiorentina
16%
27%
57%

Top 3 Predictions

Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica SIE
1 - 2
ACF Fiorentina FIO
Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica SIE
0 - 0
ACF Fiorentina FIO
Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica SIE
0 - 1
ACF Fiorentina FIO

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