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Saturday April 19 2014
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Roma

Fiorentina and Roma go head-to-head at the Stadio Franchi tonight, the two teams who arguably play the best football in Italy.

It kicks off at the Stadio Artemio Franchi at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Vincenzo Montella has never been able to beat his beloved former club as a Coach and hosts Rudi Garcia this evening.

The absentee list remains extensive for the Viola, as Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Gomez, Mati Fernandez and Ante Rebic are ruled out.

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is the one to watch and starts with Josip Ilicic and Ryder Matos.

Alberto Aquilani faces his beloved hometown club in the Viola midfield.

The Tuscans are in fourth place and heading towards the Europa League, while Roma have already consolidated second and not lost all hope of the Scudetto yet.

The Giallorossi have won their last seven on the trot, even though Mehdi Benatia, Federico Balzaretti and Kevin Strootman are out injured.

Top scorer Mattia Destro lost his appeal against a three-match ban this week, so will be unavailable until the showdown with Juventus.

Francesco Totti leads the attack with Gervinho and ex-Fiorentina starlet Adem Ljajic, who was sold last summer.

Rafael Toloi again fills in for Benatia at centre-back in an all-Brazilian defence.

The good news for neutrals is that there has only been one draw in the last 12 Serie A meetings between these teams.

A victory would set a new Roma club record, as they already have 24 wins – as many as in 2007-08 and 2009-10.

Fiorentina: Neto; Tomovic, Gonzalo, Savic, Pasqual; Aquilani, Pizarro, Borja Valero; Cuadrado, Ilicic, Matos

Fiorentina bench: Rosati, Lupatelli, Roncaglia, Compper, Bakic, Joaquin, Anderson, Vargas, Wolski, Ambrosini, Matri, Diakite

Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Toloi, Castan, Dodò; Nainggolaan, De Rossi, Pjanic; Ljajic, Gervinho, Totti

Roma bench: Lobont, Skorupski, Romagnoli, Jedvaj, Torosidis, Taddei, Bastos, Ricci, Florenzi, Mazzitelli, Marin

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