Saturday August 25 2012
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Udinese

Fiorentina open the Serie A season with Borja Valero, David Pizarro and Stevan Jovetic against a revamped Udinese.

The game kicks off at the Stadio Artemio Franchi at 17.00 UK time, officially starting the 2012-13 campaign.

Alberto Aquilani is not 100 per cent fit, so has been left on the bench for the Viola, but new buys Pizarro, Borja Valero, Emiliano Viviano, Facundo Roncaglia and Gonzalo Rodriguez start.

Jovetic partners Adem Ljajic, the player who former Coach Delio Rossi famously attacked in the dug-out, but Manuel Pasqual is given the captain’s armband.

Udinese are fresh from their 1-1 Champions League play-off draw with Sporting Braga on Wednesday and fitness levels are therefore somewhat stretched.

Antonio Di Natale is rested, as with Paulo Vitor Barreto injured there are precious few alternatives for the European commitments.

Instead it’s an all South American front pairing of Maicosuel and Luis Muriel, while Willians and ex-Inter midfielder Marco Davide Faraoni complete the line-up.

As of this season, Italian teams can have 12 players on the bench – although still only three substitutions – plus six officials watching over the game.

Fiorentina:1 Viviano; 4 Roncaglia, 2 Gonzalo Rodriguez, 15 Nastasic; 16 Cassani, 20 Borja Valero, 7 Pizarro, 92 Romulo, 23 Pasqual; 8 Jovetic, 22 Ljajic
Udinese:1 Brkic; 75 Heurtaux, 5 Danilo, 16 Coda; 6 Faraoni, 18 Battocchio, 88 Willians, 7 Badu, 26 Pasquale; 77 Maicosuel; 24 Muriel

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