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Fiorentina vs Empoli: Lineups and thread

Both managers alter their usual first choice eleven in a big way. Join us in the comments section to discuss that and the next ninety minutes.

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Late changes

Fiorentina: Paulo Sousa is fielding a slightly experimental side, perhaps with an eye to resting some key international players ahead of a crucial midweek tie against Basel. Nenad Tomovic will somewhat surprisingly start over Facundo Roncaglia in defense. Mario Suárez will continue in the midfield. Ante Rebic, as predicted, will start at right wingback. Perhaps in an effort to pass Empoli off the pitch, the playmakers are Borja Valero and Mati Fernandez (who was an injury doubt), and they'll support Khouma Babacar, not Nikola Kalinic.

Empoli: Manager Marco Giampaolo has also made some changes. Most surprisingly, midfielder Marcel Büchel replaces left back Mário Rui at leftback, so look for Fiorentina to take advantage of his inexperience. Riccardo Saponara is surprisingly healthy enough to start, although he may not last the full ninety.


Fiorentina (3-4-2-1): Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Gonzalo, Astori; Rebic, Suarez, Vecino, Alonso; Fernandez, Valero; Babacar

Empoli (4-3-2-1): Skorupski; Laurini, Tonelli, Costa, Buchel; Zielinski, Ronaldo, Paredes; Saponara; Maccarone, Livaja

How to watch

TV: Surprisingly good coverage for this one. Check out Sky in Italy and BeIn Sports in the USA.

Online: For a full list of viewing options, look here. As always, we'll have a match thread live here for discussion of the game at hand. You can also follow along with us live on Twitter, and we'll have updates of the most important events on our Facebook page. And dang it, don't post illegal streams of the game, because we'll delete them and banhammer you if you keep doing it.