On Saturday afternoon in Serie A at the Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina will play host to their dreaded rivals Juventus. La Viola started off the season with a thrilling victory over Cremonese that was won in the 95th minute. However, Vincenzo Italiano’s group has failed to score in any of their last three games and was defeated by Udinese in the middle of the week.
Italiano’s old team, Spezia, was defeated by Juventus on Wednesday night. The upcoming opponents were the ones who handed Juve their most recent Serie A loss. Last May, the Bianconeri made little effort because they had already qualified for the Champions League. They only attempted one shot during the game, which was blocked, and Fiorentina cruised to a 2-0 victory.
This season, Juventus has its sights set higher than the top four, and their last two games have shown some flimsy indications of growth. The threat Fiorentina can pose, however, is obscured by their goal drought, and La Viola could prove to be yet another difficult obstacle in Juve’s path to the top.
Szymon Zurkowski has yet to make a comeback after helping Mandragora score a dramatic late goal on the first day, while Castrovilli is still making progress in his protracted recovery from a serious knee injury. Alfred Duncan and Nico Gonzalez are both hesitant after skipping the midweek trip to Udine. Italiano made nine changes from the team that held Napoli to a 0-0 draw the previous weekend for the aforementioned lopsided loss. Italiano could reshuffle his pack in light of that performance.
The fact that Wojciech Szczesny’s ankle wasn’t broken during Juventus’s victory in the middle of the week gives a little relief. He has since returned to a list of injuries that was starting to shrink as a result of Angel Di Maria’s return to fitness. Leandro Paredes may play after completing his loan agreement from Paris Saint-Germain while Paul Pogba waits to make his second club debut. While Felix Correia is getting better from a shoulder issue, the young forwards Marley Ake and Kaio Jorge are still out. Leonardo Bonucci, the club captain, is edging closer to a comeback while Federico Chiesa is still a ways off from returning to full fitness.
Fiorentina Possible Luneup: Gollini; Dodo, Quarta, Milenkovic, Biraghi; Barak, Amrabat, Bonaventura; Ikone, Luka Jovic, Sottil.
Juventus Possible Lineup: Perrin; Danilo, Gatti, Bremer, Sandro; Miretti, Locatelli, Rabiot; Di Maria, Vlahovic, Juan Cuadrado.