Vincenzo Montella rotates just a touch to favor fresh legs in a game with big implications on the continued pursuit of the top spots in Serie A. Mohammed Salah and Matias Fernandez starting from the bench, while Manuel Pasqual starts on the left. The big news is the return of Mario Gomez to the starting lineup, and all eyes will be on his fitness as we approach an international break and then another tour de force including a Coppa Italia semifinal and Europa League quarters. Stefan Savic misses out due to a minor injury, so Jose Maria Basanta retains his spot from Thursday.
As far as Andrea Stramaccioni and Udinese go, it's a fairly standard starting lineup. Keep an eye on the battle between Joaquin and Gabriel Silva, and the always perilous Antonio Di Natale.
Udinese (3-5-2): Karnezis; Wague, Danilo, Piris; Widmer, Guilherme, Allan, Pinzi, Gabriel Silva; Kone, Di Natale
FIORENTINA (3-5-2): NETO; TOMOVIC, GONZALO, BASANTA; JOAQUIN, KURTIC, BADELJ, BORJA VALERO, PASQUAL; ILICIC, GOMEZ