Fiorentina vs Roma preview

April 18, 2014
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

FIorentina vs RomaFiorentina will be looking to extend the winning run and cement a top 5 berth when they host second-placed AS Roma, who still hope they can keep their title bid alive by winning at Artemio Franchi.

Given the heavy spending over the last few transfer windows, Viola chiefs were certainly hoping to see Vincenzo Montella’s side clinch Champions League qualification, but the team instead look set for a fourth-place finish for the second year in a row.

It would appear as though injuries to star forwards Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez took the wind out of their sails, while the Europa League campaign also acted as a distraction.

The good news is Fiorentina will be vying Napoli for the Coppa Italia trophy, and they will certainly want to continue the good run ahead of the clash against the Azzurri.

Viola have finally rediscovered their form, having defeated Udinese and Hellas Verona in their last two fixtures, and they are 3.20 (11/5) to see off Roma as well.

Vincenzo Montella has been handed a major boost as Giuseppe Rossi resumed light training, but the Italy international is unlikely to be in contention for the Roma game.

Massimo Ambrosini has recovered from injury, but Mario Gomez, Matias Fernandez and Ante Rebic continue to miss out.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Neto – Tomovic, Rodriguez, Savic, Pasqual – Aquilani, Pizarro, Valero – Cuadrado, Matri, Ilicic.

Even if many doubted Roma’s title credentials in spite of the 10-match winning run in the opening exchanges, Rudi Garcia’s side have done brilliantly to push holders Juventus all the way.

And with the Bianconeri pretty impressive themselves, chances are Roma will miss out on the league trophy, but some stunning performances will give them confidence ahead of the new campaign, that’s for sure.

With just five games to go, the Giallorossi sit eight points off the top of the standings, but they are certainly playing with a great deal of confidence at the moment.

Roma have now recorded seven victories on the bounce in the league and they are 2.40 (7/5) to extend the amazing run of results.

In-form striker Mattia Destro starts a four-match ban at Artemio Franchi, meaning Francesco Totti is back to the starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Douglas Maicon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Florenzi are back in contention, but Mehdi Benatia, Federico Balzaretti and Kevin Strootman are out injured.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): De Sanctis – Maicon, Toloi, Castan, Dodo – Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan – Gervinho, Totti, Florenzi.

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