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For some reason I'm not looking forward to this one.
Having said that, we should be able to win - i hope the boys have enjoyed their break!!
 

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Fiorentina - Palermo
Stadio Franchi

Fiorentina welcome a re-born Palermo to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Week 34 knowing that they cannot fail to win if they are to qualify for Europe. But the Rosanero will be hoping to consolidate their positive run.

The Viola lie fourth in the table with a four-point advantage over Milan, which means they could be playing Champions League football next season. In last week’s round the Tuscans suffered a 2-0 defeat against Inter, but the Rossoneri weren’t able to reduce the gap after being defeated by Juventus.

However, it could be a different story this time around since the Milanesi should bag a comfortable home win against Reggina, leaving Fiorentina with no option but to win. Coach Cesare Prandelli feels his men have given their best in recent weeks. “I have to thank them for all their efforts,” he said. “It was hard to play against Inter after our midweek European clash versus PSV.”

Meanwhile, Palermo have been impressive recently and the re-appointment of Stefano Colantuono has boosted their morale. The Rosanero were successful against Juventus two weeks ago and also beat Catania last weekend. They are currently in 10th place but will be looking to end this season just behind the top six. Last year’s encounter between the two ended 3-2 in favour of the visitors in a game masterminded by Amauri, who netted a brace.

Prandelli should be able to count on his full squad for this tie apart from Franco Semioli, who is injured. Sebastien Frey will take the gloves despite not being 100 per cent fit. In defence Dario Dainelli will be replaced by Per Kroldrup while Marco Donadel should be preferred to Fabio Liverani in midfield.

The locals’ trident will be formed by Adrian Mutu, Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Santana. The flamboyant Argentine winger has a Rosanero past and is eager to face his former club. “I had my first Serie A experience with Palermo and they had faith in me. I know that for them this will be like a derby, but we want a top-four finish.”

Rosanero Coach Colantuono will be missing several regulars for this clash. Andrea Barzagli, who could be joining La Viola at the end of this season, is suspended while Alberto Fontana and Fabio Simplicio are injured. Federico Agliardi will be confirmed between the posts while Cristian Zaccardo will replace Barzagli. Amauri will be the lone striker and the trident behind him will be formed by Bosko Jankovic, Fabio Caserta and Fabrizio Miccoli with Mark Bresciano, once again, left out.

Keep an eye on: Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina) – The former Atalanta ace will have to prove he deserves a starting shirt so he has no option but to score on Saturday afternoon.

Last season: Fiorentina 2-3 Palermo

Form guide: Fiorentina (L W L W L) Palermo (L L L W W)

Fiorentina (probable): Frey; Ujfalusi, Kroldrup, Gamberini, Pasqual; Kuzmanovic, Donadel, Montolivo; Santana, Pazzini, Mutu

Palermo (probable): Agliardi; Cassani, Zaccardo, Rinaudo, Balzaretti; Guana, Migliaccio; Jankovic, Miccoli, Caserta; Amauri

Ref: To follow...
 

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I want Jorgensen as RB.
 

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Form guide: Fiorentina (L W L W L)

Talk about inconsistent...

Their danger man is certainly Amauri, who last season singlehandedly defeated us. I hope we can contain him and get the decisive three point for the final sprint to cement fourth place.
 

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haha our form goes back further than that, its so funny!

since week 26

W L W L W L W L

surely a win this week then? europe has defo had an impact on a couple of those L's!
 

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Form guide: Fiorentina (L W L W L)

Talk about inconsistent...
Actually, that looks pretty darn consistant to me. Consistanly alternating between wins and losses.
 

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Marco the Great :):)
1-0
 

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Looks like we're up 1-0 in the 28th minute. I'm stuck at work so am not watching it (recording the match at home, but I couldn't keep away from following the match while I'm here). Checking the updates on Fiorentina.it however the site is not working well on my computer right now. Anyone out there that can confirm that we're up right now?
 

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Thanks Maarek.
 

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We have possession which is good. Of course I'm hoping more chances to be created but important to hold control of the came. Mutu made good header hitting woodwork but goal made by Donadel was nice surprise. Mutu shot was blocked and Marco just made excellent rebound from edge of the box next to close post :)
We deserved lead. They had only 1 shot on goal and main danger Amauri has been well marked so far. Too bad Ujfalusi is already out but I really hope his substitute Dainelli doesn't ruin our game.
 

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Nice one by MarcoGol ) Liverani's not so bright today, his passes are so slow and weak and (mainly) innacurate, I think he should be subbed by Montolivo in second half. BTW, anyone knows why Ufo was substituted ? Hope nothing serious ...
 

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BTW, anyone knows why Ufo was substituted ? Hope nothing serious ...
Commentary told that because of injury. If it is injury I hope not serious as Ujfalusi is player we need.
 

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Just checking updates and not sitting too comfortabley with the fact that we're only up by one goal. Hopefully we're keeping possession well and not giving them any chances. I do see that one of their defenders has gotten two yellows so they're playing a man down. Still, not being able to watch the match, I'm just hoping their 0 in the scoreline doesn't change. We really need this win.
 
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