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Serie A | Gameweek 35
May 14, 2023 at 2pm UK
Stadio Artemio Franchi
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Fiorentina
2 - 0
Udinese

Castrovilli (7'), Bonaventura (90')
Biraghi (45+4'), Milenkovic (69'), Venuti (73')
Bonaventura (90+6')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Ebosele (42'), Walace (45+1'), Zeegelaar (58')

Preview: Fiorentina vs. Udinese - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Serie A clash between Fiorentina and Udinese, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After a midweek lapse left their hopes of reaching a European final under threat, Fiorentina return to domestic duty on Sunday, when they host Udinese at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

After blowing a lead at home to FC Basel, the Viola have their work cut out if they are to take a place in the Europa Conference League decider later this month, but they must first tackle direct rivals for a top-half finish in Serie A.


Match preview

 Fiorentina's Arthur Cabral celebrates scoring their first goal with Rolando Mandragora on May 11, 2023© Reuters

In their first continental semi-final for eight years, Fiorentina seemed set to continue in the manner they have played throughout a superb Conference League campaign when Arthur Cabral scored from close range against his former club, Basel.

However, they let such an advantage slip through their fingers when conceding twice in the final 20 minutes, and a last-gasp goal from the Swiss side puts Vincenzo Italiano's men under pressure ahead of next week's return.

Notoriously flaky away from home in Serie A, the Viola have fared better on their European travels so far this season, but before crossing the border for the second leg, Italiano will expect a response to his team's faltering form.

While they have now been beaten by Basel and Scudetto-winners Napoli in the past week, Fiorentina have not lost any of their last six home matches in the league ahead of Udinese's visit.

They sit eighth in the standings with four games to go, but a gulf of 12 points separates them from the top six, so the Conference League represents their only real chance of securing more European football next season.

In Serie A, a top-half finish would now suffice - though there is plenty of competition even for that minor prize. Two points split the Viola from 13th-placed Sassuolo, and Sunday's visitors are one of the teams sandwiched in-between.

Udinese's Sandi Lovric celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on May 4, 2023© Reuters

Now aiming to do the double over Fiorentina this term, Udinese have won three of the sides' last four league meetings - including August's reverse fixture - after failing to taste success in the previous nine.

As a result of their 2-0 win over Sampdoria last time out - an outcome which consigned the Genoese club to relegation - the Fruilani moved onto 46 points, to sit level with Fiorentina and three other mid-table clubs.

In their last nine Serie A seasons, only once they have finished with a better points total, and they could now surpass that mark of 47 - only set last year - with victory on Sunday afternoon.

However, coach Andrea Sottil - whose son Riccardo will be part of the home squad this weekend - has seen his team lose each of their last three away games without even scoring.

Defeats to Bologna, Roma and Lecce also came at a cost of seven goals, so there is plenty of room for improvement to the Bianconeri's record on the road - though Stadio Franchi is perhaps not the ideal place to start.

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Team News

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano after the match on April 20, 2023© Reuters

With one eye on next week's trip to Basel, Vincenzo Italiano may make some changes to his Fiorentina team on Sunday, with top scorer Arthur Cabral among those to be rested after he picked up a minor injury.

Luka Jovic and Christian Kouame will therefore vie to start up front instead, but the latter could be favoured given Jovic appeared to criticise Italiano on social media this week.

As Lucas Martinez Quarta returns from a Serie A suspension, only injured goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu will join Cabral in missing out for the home side, with Riccardo Sottil overcoming a muscular problem in time to make the bench.

Meanwhile, Udinese hoped to have their leading marksman, Beto, back this weekend. The Portuguese striker scored the only goal in the reverse fixture, but Ilija Nestorovski is most likely required to deputise again.

Alternative options, such as Isaac Success (thigh injury) and teenage starlet Simone Pafundi (Italy Under-20 call-up) are ruled out of contention.

In the continued absence of Gerard Deulofeu, captain Roberto Pereyra should form part of the lone forward's supporting cast. Only two midfielders have been involved in more Serie A goals than the latter this season (11: five of his own and six assists); however, he has never scored against Fiorentina in nine previous attempts.

Fiorentina possible starting lineup:
Terracciano; Dodo, Milenkovic, Igor, Biraghi; Castrovilli, Duncan; Ikone, Barak, Saponara; Kouame

Udinese possible starting lineup:
Silvestri; Becao, Bijol, Perez; Ebosele, Samardzic, Walace, Lovric, Udogie; Pereyra; Nestorovski


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We say: Fiorentina 1-1 Udinese

As Fiorentina are distracted by European commitments, it could be a good time for Udinese to make the trip to Tuscany and add to their away-points tally. While the visitors are not fully fit and firing up front, their hosts have been leaking goals of late and will surely concede at least once on Sunday.


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