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On sunday we have to fight one of hardest and most important battles of this season. We haven't good results against big teams lately, specially away against Juve, as Joachim told me yesterady, we haven't won since ages - it's time for a change?!!

If I remember correctly, Gobbi will be missing Zanetti, Nedved and Chiellini (still remember his ridiculous holding of Vieri in the area during last moments of our previous meeting...), we'll miss Mutu and Semioli, for injuries, also Liverani isn't fully fit and I'm unsure of Donadel's situation, some sources consider him as serving suspension, others not.

I can imagine our lineup to be:
Frey, Ujfalusi, Pasqual, Gamberini, Dainelli (Kroldrup), Montolivo, Jorgensen, Kuzmanovic (Donadel?), Santana, Osvaldo, Pazzini.

This sunday I expect and demand nothing less but a win,
Forza VIOLA! :heart:
 

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Preview from Channel4

Serie A Week 26

Gobbi - Fiorentina
Stadio Olimpico


Old rivalries are renewed in Turin at the weekend as Juventus face Fiorentina in a game which could help to decide who ends up in next season’s Champions League.

Although both sides are currently occupying third and fourth in the table, the pair are aware that a sluggish end to the campaign could allow Milan – who have been in decent form during 2008 – to steal one of their places.

Points won’t be the only thing at stake at the Olimpico, though, seeing as the Bianconeri and the Viola are great adversaries. Relations have been strained since the Old Lady pipped the Tuscans to the 1982 title and things became even more heated after Viola idol Roberto Baggio was sold to Juve in 1990.

The home side will go into the game in the knowledge that a victory will see them stretch their lead over Cesare Prandelli’s side to seven points – a massive advantage at this stage of term. Yet it might be a tough ask given that they’ve lost to Reggina and only drew 0-0 with Torino in their last two games. Fiorentina have also only been beaten twice away all season.

Complicating matters even further is the fact that Claudio Ranieri is going to have to revolutionise his side. Suspension will rob him of three key men – Cristiano Zanetti, Pavel Nedved and Giorgio Chiellini. As a result, Raffaele Palladino and Antonio Nocerino will start in midfield, while January signing Guglielmo Stendardo may be drafted into the defence. The good news is that David Trezeguet should be back after being knocked down by flu.

Prandelli, a former midfielder with La Fidanzata d’Italia, will have to do without two fundamental players. A knee injury to Adrian Mutu – sold by Juve to Fiorentina – will see him sidelined for another three weeks, while Franco Semioli is also in the treatment room. That should give Christian Vieri an opportunity to start.

However, Bobo may be in for an uncomfortable afternoon versus one of his many former clubs. He’ll be up against a defence which has the best home record in the League. In 13 games, Juve have conceded just four goals.

Form wise, Fiorentina got back to winning ways after their loss at Roma thanks to a 1-0 triumph over Livorno in midweek. However, they have picked up just seven points from the last 15 on offer. Juventus, during the same period, have added eights points to their season’s tally. It looks like it could be a tight affair.

Keep an eye on: Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Fiorentina) – One of Fiorentina’s most in-form players, the young midfielder was the star of the show against Livorno in the Tuscan derby.

Last season: Not played

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I did not see anything regarding suspension on Pazzini (one I noted on the previous match thread) so I am more assured since he usually plays good against them.

Now to see our youngsters step up their game. If they can breach Livorno's catenaccio in midweek, then I have confidence we can win against them.
 

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its gona be hard, but i think if we play great we will win and will be getting closer and closer to inter.
 

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Our boys are saying all of the right things heading into this one, though I just hope that we don't play negatively and hope for a result through that. I think we have to attack the gobbi as much as possible. Our legs are younger, and should be able to run them off the pitch. Bringing Papa Waigo on late would also be good, to test the defenders.

Forza Viola!!!!
 

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This sunday I expect and demand nothing less but a win
You don't have the means to have any demands, son. :howler:
BHFanatico said:
its gona be hard, but i think if we play great we will win and will be getting closer and closer to inter.
Bwahaha! :dielaugh:

The ever so funny BHFanatico. How come you're always off the mark, were you born like that?
 

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Ex-viola Cristiano Zanetti's suspension has been reduced so he'll be available for the game. Too bad. Nevertheless, I expect and demand a win, it's been 20 years since last time...

Odio la juve!

Forza Viola!!!
 

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I hope you guys win. Montolivo with the winner :)
 

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good luck, fiorentina :)
 

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I thought Gobbi was the name of a Fiorentina player.
 

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Zanetti has his ban reduced. What does a red card means these days anyway?

As for our record (from channel4):
Their record in Turin is dismal, as Fiorentina have not won here since a 2-1 result on May 15, 1988.

That was one of only five top flight victories, having drawn 18 and lost the other 45
 

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As for our record (from channel4):
Their record in Turin is dismal, as Fiorentina have not won here since a 2-1 result on May 15, 1988.

That was one of only five top flight victories, having drawn 18 and lost the other 45
Yeah but we should have won the last game in Delle Alpi; we hit the post, missed a penalty and completely dominated the first half. Toni scored an early goal in the second half but the zebras equalized with 20 min to go if I'm not mistaken.

Will be tough without our star striker, but as HuntKop said the players are showing a good attitude ahead of this game.

Another draw would be satisfying, but the struggle for the last CL spot could easily be decided by less than 2-3 points, so I'd say go for it, go for all three points!

Maybe I'm naive, but I've never wanted to admit playing offensively automatically means a greater risk to concede goals and lose the game. I mean, as long as we have the ball under controll on their half they cannot make any threat to our keeper. If we defend ourselves with all players we can probably keep a clean sheet for long, but one small mistake can lead to a goal for Juve and then we suddenly have to start attacking.
 

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a Milan draw was what the doctor ordered...we have the perfect opportunity to pull away from them and drag Juve into the 3rd and 4th scrap.
 

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FORZA VIOLA!! :fero:
 
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