Here it is, the first game in the post-Cuadrado era. And it is against a tough opposition, though one that isn't in the best form at the moment. The grifone have failed to win in the last six games, and have only two victories in the last ten. Their home record isn't among the best in league, while Fiorentina is pretty good away from home.. So that gives us some reason to be optimistic. And also Alessandro Matri isn't playing.Why is that good, you ask, he's not that great? Because Matri is former viola, and we know how much those like to score against us. They are also without one of Fiorentina's transfer targets, Andrea Bertolacci.
Genoa and Fiorentina are so far equal when playing at the Luigi Ferraris. Thirteen wins each, with seventeen draws in 43 games. In Florence, in the first part of the season, it was 0-0 in one of the most frustrating games of the season.
Fiorentina has Coppa Italia quarter finals against Rome in few days, so some rotation was expected by Vincenzo Montella. Juan Manuel Vargas will start on the left, which means there might be some useful crosses from that side as well, not just from the right, where there will be Joaquin. Mario Gomez is rested, so Khouma Babacar and Alessandro Diamanti start, with the Tuscan getting his debut start for Fiorentina.
Gian Piero Gasperini is going for his favorite 3-4-3, but without a real number nine. The viola defense will have to deal with pace of the attacking trio of Perrotti, Niang and Falque
Genoa (3-4-3): Perin, Roncaglia, Burdisso, De Maio, Edenilson, Rincon, Sturaro, Kucka, Iago Falque, Niang, Perotti
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Tatarusanu, Tomovic, Rodriguez, Basanta, Joaquin, Mati Fernandez, Badelj, Borja Valero, Vargas, Diamanti, Babacar