NEWS
Monday December 2 2013
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Verona

Fiorentina aim to beat Hellas Verona and go into fourth place today, but Luca Toni returns to face Giuseppe Rossi.

The Serie A Week 14 tie kicks off at 18.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Viola’s confidence took a knock over the last week with a 1-0 defeat to Udinese and 0-0 Europa League draw away to Pacos Ferreira.

Alberto Aquilani sits out a ban, joining the injured Manuel Pasqual and Mario Gomez.

Rossi remains Serie A Capocannoniere on 11 goals and is supported by Joaquin, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Juan Manuel Vargas.

Matias Vecino also gets his first Serie A start in midfield, as Vincenzo Montella looks set to switch to a 3-5-2 system.

David Pizarro pulled out in the warm-up, so Massimo Ambrosini starts instead with Borja Valero wearing the captain's armband.

Hellas also need a boost, as their 100 per cent home record was ended by local rivals Chievo in the Derby di Verona.

Their star striker is ex-Fiorentina hero Toni, who scored 55 goals in 95 competitive games for the Tuscans.

He was released from his contract over the summer and leads the Verona attack with Juan Iturbe, Bosko Jankovic and midfield maestro Jorginho.

In defence, Alessandro Agostini marks his 300th Serie A appearance.

Another former Fiorentina star, Gabriel Batistuta, is expected to be in the stands as he is on vacation with his family in the city. There should also be a collegial atmosphere, as the two clubs have been twinned for over 30 years.

There has been only one draw in the last 12 Serie A meetings between these teams. That was a 2-2 in February 2000.

Fiorentina: 1 Neto; 40 Tomovic, 15 Savic, 2 Gonzalo Rodriguez; 11 Cuadrado, 18 Vecino, 7 Pizarro, 20 Borja Valero, 66 Vargas; 49 Rossi, 17 Joaquin
Fiorentina bench: 78 Munua, 3 Alonso, 4 Roncaglia, 5 Compper, 8 Bakic, 9 Rebic, 14 Mati Fernandez, 21 Ambrosini, 27 Wolski, 30 Matos, 72 Ilicic, 83 Ruben Oliveira

Verona: 1 Rafael; 29 Cacciatore, 23 Gonzalez, 22 Maietta, 33 Agostini; 2 Romulo, 19 Jorginho, 10 Hallfredsson; 11 Jankovic, 9 Toni, 15 Iturbe
Verona bench: 31 Mihaylov, 3 Albertazzi, 5 Donati, 6 Martinho, 7 Longo, 8 Cacia, 14 Cirigliano, 18 Moras, 21 Gomez Taleb, 25 Marques, 26 Sala, 30 Donadel

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