NEWS
Tuesday February 4 2014
Line-ups: Udinese-Fiorentina

The first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final sees Antonio Di Natale’s Udinese host Fiorentina tonight.

It kicks off at the Stadio Friuli at 20.00 GMT, while the second leg is in Florence on February 11.

The Viola are the favourites to go through to the Final, but Udinese have already knocked Inter and Milan out of the tournament on their way to this stage.

Vincenzo Montella also has an injury crisis to deal with, as he cannot count on Alberto Aquilani, Nenad Tomovic, Massimo Ambrosini, Ante Rebic, Giuseppe Rossi or Mario Gomez.

This game comes after Saturday’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Cagliari, when former Manchester United midfielder Anderson made a disappointing debut.

Andow is on the bench this time round with Josip Ilicic, allowing Joaquin and Juan Manuel Vargas to flank Alessandro Matri.

January signing Modibo Diakite gets his debut in defence after a deadline day transfer from Sunderland.

Udinese start Antonio Di Natale and promising Uruguayan youngster Nico Lopez, who both scored against Bologna at the weekend.

Simone Scuffet is in goal again after making his Serie A debut on Saturday in a 2-0 victory away to Bologna. The 17-year-old is already a local hero after dedicating the win to his “beloved Friuli” region.

It has been raining heavily all day in Udine, but the pitch appears to be holding up. The Stadio Friuli is still limited to only a few sections, as it is undergoing restructuring work.

Udinese: Scuffet; Bubnjic, Domizzi, Heurtaux; Widmer, Gabriel Silva, Allan, Pinzi, Pereyra; Di Natale, Nico Lopez

Fiorentina: Neto; Rodriguez, Diakite, Savic, Pasqual; Borja Valero, Pizarro, Mati Fernandez; Vargas, Joaquin; Matri

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