We All Live In A Yellow Submarine...

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

The Purple Meanies travel to Estadio El Madrigal (Pepperland!) to play the Yellow Submarine in the first test against top flight opposition this preseason.

So, we're not the Purple Meanies, but we may very well seem like it to Villareal fans as three of their favorites have wound up on Fiorentina's roster: Borja Valero, Gonzalo Rodriguez and, one, Guiseppe Rossi.

Those three player joined a mass exodus after Villareal were relegated, but El Submarino Amarillo were able to rebound and finish in second place in the Spanish second division last season and earn themselves a place back in La Liga.

After games against lower league Italian teams, and slightly tougher matches against a team from Cyprus and a Turkish squad, this match looks to give fans a much better idea of where La Viola stand with a much anticipated Serie A season looming.

Villareal are well known for their attacking style, but have shown some weakness in midfield, according to some experts. Head coach Marcelino García Toral is known for liking his players to be fit and likes a fast team, whether it be in possession or a counter attack style.

Players to note include Goalkeeper Asenjo, on loan from Atlético de Madrid. The keeper is young but has been devastated by a string of injuries and looks to make his mark this season.

In defense, Villareal have brought over Bojan Jokic from Chievo. Another back to keep your eye on is Matteo Musacchio.

In the midfield is captain Bruno Soriano and Hernan Perez, while up front we could see Giovani Dos Santos, no stranger to US National team fans or other haters of Mexico

Of course, being a friendly, all bets are off on whom might see and what formations the home squad might put out there.

Reports in Firenze indicate that Fiorentina might start with a 4-3-3 formation, with Adem Ljajic, Mario Gomez and Juan Cuadrado up front, Valero, David Pizarro and Alberto Aquilani in the middle and manuel Pasqual, Marvin Commper, Stefan Savic and Facundo Roncaglia. The team has also been working on their 3-5-2, so we'll have to see.

The roster for tomorrow's friendly and the next match in Portugal is as follows, Alonso, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Bakic, Borja Valero, Compper, Cuadrado, Gomez, Hegazi, Iakovenko, Joaquin, Ljajic, Lupatelli, Matos, Munua, Neto, Pasqual, Pizarro, Rodriguez, Roncaglia, Rossi, Savic, Tomovic, Vargas, Vecino, Wolski.

The surprise inclusion of Juan Vargas is thought to be to showcase him in an effort to get him some offers abroad, so it's likely he might see some playing time.

Game time is 21:00 in Italy, reportedly it will be shown on RAI Sports in Italy and local channel 9 in Villareal. There are also reports that the match could be on ESPN here in the states, although neither ESPN, EPSN2 or ESPN3 have it currently listed.

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