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Fiorentina-Sampdoria preview

So, on Sunday, we welcome Coppa finalists Sampdoria. Walter Mazzari's men had a roller coaster of a season so far, dwelling, for the majority of the season, in the lower part of the table.

After last season's successfull campaign, many thought that Sampa will continue from where they left. That didn't happen, although their fortunes slightly improved after the winter break, largely due to the contribution of Viola renegate Giampaolo Pazzini, who, managed to score 15 goals for Doria so far and earned his debut for the italian NT in process, making us wonder just why he couldn't do the same for Fiorentina. Anyway, i'm happy for him.

With 3 games remaining, Fiorentina needs just 2 more wins to keep the 4th place, but why to settle for that when we can overtake Juventus in 3rd, especially since Juve is winless in the last 6 matches.

A bonus for us will be the fact that Doriani will be tired, after the intense 120 minutes played against Lazio in the Coppa final, and let's not neglect the psychological effect of losing a final can have.

Team news:


Injuries and suspensions:Adrian Mutu will, probably, miss the last three games of the season. Also set to miss are Bonazzoli and Kuzmanovic. Comotto is suspended.

Possible formation (4-2-3-1): Frey – Zauri, Dainelli, Gamberini, Pasqual - Montolivo, Felipe Melo – Semioli, Jovetic, Vargas – Gilardino

Form guide:WLWWW


Injuries and suspensions: Belluci, Sammarco, Lucchini are injured. Stankevicius is suspended. Also Cassano and Accardi didn't
make the trip, while Palombo and Pieri will, most probably, start from the bench due to fatigue.

Possible formation (3-5-2): Castellazzi – Campagnaro, Gastaldello, Raggi – Padalino, Franceschini, Dessena, Delvecchio, Ziegler – Marilungo, Pazzini

Form guide:WLDLW

Players to watch:

After scoring his first goal in action against Catania last week, Stevie Jo will be hungry for some more, while Pazzini will want to prove a point to us all. Also, watch out for Dessena. He scored two against Reggina.

Match prediction:

I predict a 3-1 victory for us, with Jovetic and Gilardino scoring for the good guys and Pazzini for Sampdoria.