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After both fell victim to the top 4 candidates last weekend, Florence and Turin meet on Saturday at Stadio Artemio Franchi to get their first points in Serie A.
While the home side were beaten by the new-looking Roma, their guests lost a last-minute goal from Atalanta in Turin.
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Present when introducing a new one Jose Mourinho-guided era in the capital last Sunday, Fiorentina’s hopes of a surprise at the Stadio Olimpico were greatly reduced by a controversial early red card.
Roma debutante Tammy Abraham was apparently cut off by the charging goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski just outside the penalty area, and even a lengthy VAR assessment could not save the Polish stopper from being sent off after just 17 minutes. Nevertheless, the Viola fought bravely despite her backlog and equaled after an hour thanks to a goal of Nikola Milenkovic, but returned to Florence empty-handed after a 3-1 defeat.
That result meant four defeats in the same number of season openers against the Giallorossi – the previous setbacks came in 1990, 2004 and 2014 – so Fiorentina will now host their first home game of the 2021/22 season, hoping to do much better against them being able to cut off a team where they usually subtract points for fun.
The Viola have only lost one of their last nine Serie A games against Turin and can look back on an impressive record of 31 games without defeat against the Turin club in Franchi. In fact, Bologna’s dominance of Genoa between 1931 and 1989 was the only lengthy undefeated home win by one team against another in the history of the league.
In addition, Fiorentina have scored in each of their last 15 encounters against Granata and can also equalize this club record – a series of goals against Triestina between 1949 and 1956 – this weekend.
Despite a rare hiatus the last time his team fought a man in Rome, he is a sought-after striker Dusan Vlahovic They are expected to be involved in keeping this streak alive. The Serb’s strong form in the first half of the year resulted in him scoring 17 goals in Serie A – most of them alongside Capocannoniere 2020-21 Cristiano Ronaldo – and has sparked the interest of top clubs across Europe.
New trainer Vincenzo Italiano – only appointed after Gennaro Gattuso‘s short and bizarre 22-day reign – pray that Vlahovic will stay in Tuscany after the transfer window closes next month and hope that a sudden influx of new recruits (including Lucas Torreira, Matija Nastasic and possibly Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Odriozola) can help his team improve in the coming weeks.
Torino is another club looking to hold onto their valued attacking ability this season Andrea Belotti remains on the radar of the higher-ranking teams at home and abroad after his goal on the first day. After a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the box, the Italian international’s goal was ultimately not enough to score a point in the first Serie A game of the season Roberto Piccoli‘s final goal for Atalanta.
Losing 2-1 in such circumstances was frustrating for the Granata’s new manager. Ivan Juricwho recently lost his defender Lyanco to Southampton after seeing it Salvatore Sirigu and Soualiho Meite Go through the exit this summer.
The Croatian coach – the fifth man in the Turin dugout for the past three years – is charged with building her fortune after a long spell of defensive disasters and prolonged flirtation with relegation.
Of the last eleven league games they have only won two away – the last time in April, when Belotti’s winning goal was decisive for the relegation battle. Indeed, despite a poorer performance last season, the striker could score his 100th Serie A goal in his 250th league game this week, so hopes of a first win in Florence in a generation rest heavily on his shoulders.
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Fiorentina got off to a healthy start into the season, since only Sofyan Amrabat – who is now on the verge of a transfer, will not play – was injured on the opening day. In his absence, Erick Pulgar is expected to start again in Vincenzo Italiano’s favorite 4-3-3, but if Lucas Torreira is made available on loan he could start ahead of his South American compatriot.
Substitute for Roma, substitute goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano will begin as Bartlomiej Drągowski is suspended for his unsuitable challenge at the Olimpico.
Star striker Dusan Vlahovic will lead the home side and – after his competitive debut in the Cup win against Cosenza – winger Nicolas Gonzalez is about to start his first home start in Serie A after 28 goals in 53 Bundesliga games for the previous club Stuttgart.
Turin captain Andrea Belotti, meanwhile, will be fit to take the lead after suffering a punch last Saturday as a substitute after a sprained ankle that prevented him from starting. Simone ZazaHowever, he is still struggling with a knee problem.
Ivan Juric usually uses a 3-4-2-1 formation and a substitute last time. Simone Verdi, will hope to be included on the side Marko Pjaca – on loan from city rivals Juventus – as opening act for the lonely front man.
Former Borrower from Fulham Ola Aina is ready to go on as a left full-back, there Cristian Ansaldi may only be ready to return to the bench after an injury.
Fiorentina possible starting line-up:
Terracciano; Venuti, Milenkovic, Igor, Biraghi; Bonaventure, Pulgar, Castrovilli; Gonzalez, Vlahovic, Callejon
Turin possible starting line-up:
Milinkovic-Savic; Izzo, Bremer, Rodriguez; Singo, Lukic, Mandragora, Aina; Linetty, Pjaca; Belotti
Probability: Fiorentina 1-1 Turin
The transition phase under new coaches – who both have a clear idea of how they want to play the game – should continue for both clubs in the coming weeks, so there could be a draw on Saturday.
The loot will likely be tightly contested throughout the season so the two teams can begin their Serie A wins for the new season.
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