Vincenzo Montella can hardly be fully satisfied with his second season in charge of Fiorentina, with injuries and misfortune plaguing what should have been a challenge for the top places in Serie A. But despite the frustrations of this campaign the Florentina club is a victory away from sealing the same position in the league as last year.
In their way stands a Livorno team that are not quite yet relegated, but the writing is on the wall. Coach Davide Nicola has been unable to shake his team since returning to the club in April; they sit in last place in Serie A and are without a point since March.
Fiorentina make several changes to their poor outing against Sassuolo midweek. Facundo Roncaglia returns to the starting lineup after a long period out of favor, with the poor form of Nenad Tomovic a likely catalyst. David Pizarro isn't fit enough to play either, so Alberto Aquilani will likely play deeper with Massimo Ambrosini asked to put in a shift in midfield. Giuseppe Rossi still doesn't have 90 minutes in his legs after the terrifying injury he suffered against this very same Livorno side in January, but will likely appear early in the second half (Rinaudo will play for Livorno, the man who could have ended Rossi's career. Just saying). Norberto Neto also remains out due to injury after making a fantastic effort in order to play against Napoli in the Coppa Italia Final.
Livorno (4-4-2) Anania; Ceccherini, Rinaudo, Emerson, Castellini; Biagianti, Duncan, Mosquera, Mesbah; Belfodil, Siligardi
FIORENTINA (4-3-1-2) Rosati; Roncaglia, Gonzalo, Savic, Vargas; Ambrosini, Aquilani, Borja Valero; Ilicic; Matos, Cuadrado