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Inter Striker Mario Balotelli Set To Start Coppa Italia Semi-Final Against Fiorentina - Report

Inter starlet Mario Balotelli will be given a chance to impress from the opening whistle against Fiorentina later today, according to tuttomercatoweb.

The Nerazzurri hold a 1-0 lead from the first-leg of the Coppa Italia tie.

The player has recently returned to first-team action after being excluded by coach Jose Mourinho for disciplinary reasons. He scored against Bologna, and also grabbed an assist as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with the Viola this past weekend.

Mourinho will employ more turnover as well, with McDonald Mariga and Thiago Motta deputising in midfield and Ivan Cordoba and Marco Materazzi set to feature at the back.

Meanwhile, Viola tactician Cesare Prandelli is expected to put out his best XI in an effort to overturn the first-leg deficit.

Here are the probable starting line-ups:

Fiorentina (4-4-2): Frey; De Silvestri, Natali, Kroldrup, Felipe; Marchionni, Zanetti, Montolivo, Vargas; Gilardino, Jovetic.

Inter (4-3-3):
Julio Cesar; Maicon, Cordoba, Materazzi, Chivu; Zanetti, Mariga, Thiago Motta; Balotelli, Milito, Eto'o.

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