After a disappointing run of results, Paulo Sousa will be hoping that his team can finish 2015 with a win at home to Chievo. The Viola have suffered back to back defeats away to Juventus in the league and at home to Carpi in the Coppa Italia, but remain second in the table.
In his pre-match press conference, the Fiorentina Coach spoke of a need to keep his opponents guessing. "My colleagues in Serie A are all very smart and know how to shut us down now. We are trying to find a few tactical variations although that will take time."
With the exception of Manuel Pasqual and Jakub Błaszczykowski who miss the match through injury, the Viola will have a full squad available for the home fixture which should provide Sousa with enough options to keep Chievo guessing.
A bright start to the season saw the Verona-based club rise to the top of the table early on, but results have varied of late. In the last five games, the Flying Donkeys have won three - including their last two games against Frosinone and Atalanta - and lost two.
Watch out for Chievo's front two, with Alberto Paloschi and Riccardo Meggiorini having scored ten goals and provided eight assists between them so far this season.
For Fiorentina, who haven't lost to Chievo since April 2012, the game will now be a ‘must win,' not only to keep pace with fellow title contenders Inter, Napoli, Juventus and Roma; but to return to a winning mentality as quickly as possible.
Fiorentina: (3-4-2-1) Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Astori; Bernardeschi, Vecino, Badelj, Alonso; Ilicic, Valero; Kalinic
Chievo: (4-3-1-2) Bizzarri; Cacciatore, Gamberini, Dainelli, Gobbi; Castro, Radanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa; Paloschi, Meggiorini
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