Obviously I don't need to describe how important this game is to any die-hard Viola fans, but if you'd like to read about the origins of the hatred of the Bianconeri, you could try this or this. Also from a practical perspective, only 2 of the 3 of Juve, Milan and Fiorentina will qualify for the Champions league (I'm going to assume that Roma and Inter have it locked up). A victory in Torino could pull Fiorentina to within 1 point of Juve and keep the lead on Milan. Table is here. I can't wait for tomorrow morning.
Juve will be without Zanetti, Nedved and Viola old boy/arrogant douchebag Chiellini. The good guys will be without Mutu and Semioli.
Viola versus "Big 4":
At this point, Fiorentina has won a total of 3 points (all draws) from 6 games against Milan, Juve, Inter and Roma. A draw at home and a loss away to Roma, a draw away and a loss at home to Milan, a loss at home to Inter and a draw at home to Juve. Clearly the squad is looking for a confidence boosting win against a top league opponent. See Gamberini's comments on the desire for a victory. I think that on balance, Fiorentina was only outclassed against Inter and has played very even matches against the others. It is certainly possible that the boys can pull out a win in Torino.
Keys for Fiorentina:
Kuzmanoic has been tearing it up lately, to the point where he has nearly supplanted the inconsistent Montolivo as the midfield star for Fiorentina. Another end to end game from him will be necessary to come up with a victory. Also, the tandem of Vieri and Pazzini up front will have to work well together and create chances. I'm not a fan of the two of them together because the squad lacks attacking width with two center forwards out there. Scoring goals will be difficult because Buffon will be back out there. Plus, Trezeguet is fit to play as well and we all know how dangerous he is. So, a solid game from the back 4 and Frey will be crucial as well.
I expect Prandelli to go with the following lineup:
Frey; Gobbi, Dainelli, Gamberini, Ujfalusi; Donadel, Kuzmanoic, Montolio; Santana, Pazzini, Vieri.
Now is the time to get that key win. Forza Viola!
Some classy comments from Juve manager (and former Viola boss in the mid 90s) Ranieri can be found here. Doesn't change the fact that I loathe Juve.