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Thursday February 27 2014
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Esbjerg

Fiorentina give Mario Gomez his first start since September as they host Esbjerg in the Europa League.

It kicks off at the Stadio Franchi at 20.05 GMT and follows on from the Viola’s first leg 3-1 victory in Denmark.

This is the opportunity to give Gomez his first start since damaging knee ligaments in September, as he has made a couple of substitute appearances this month.

He partners young Brazilian Ryder Matos, who turns 21 today, and Josip Ilicic in a 4-3-3 formation, while Borja Valero is in midfield because he’s about to start a four-match Serie A ban.

Esbjerg are without the injured Mohammed Fellah and Jens Berthel Askou.

Fiorentina: Rosati; Roncaglia, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Compper, Pasqual; Ambrosini, Pizarro, Borja Valero; Ilicic, Gomez, Matos

Fiorentina bench: Neto, Tomovic, Bakic, Mati Fernandez, Joaquin, Vargas, Matri

Esbjerg: Dubravka; Laursen, Lucena, Drobo-Ampem, Knudsen; Rasmussen, Bergvold, J Andersen, Nielsen; Pusic; Van Buren

Esbjerg bench: Hojberg, P Ankersen, Jakobsen, Levken, J Ankersen, Vestergaard, Bakenga

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