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Empoli vs. FIORENTINA: Lineups, Thread, How to Watch

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Federico Bernardeschi gets his first start since breaking bones in his ankle

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Empoli will be fired up for this derby, but Fiorentina have much more to lose and gain from the outcome as Sampdoria have retaken 5th place with a victory in Udine today. Vincenzo Montella has opted for an interesting lineup with some rotation throughout the squad. David Pizarro starts alongside Milan Badelj, while Juan Manuel Vargas and Micah Richards also get starts on the flanks. Of course, the big story for this one is the return of Bernardeschi to the side after a lengthy and nasty injury. Montella trusts him to play directly from the first minute, which is maybe a bad sign for Alessandro Diamanti. Regardless, let's hope the local boy can spice up the all-Tuscan affair... For Fiorentina, naturally!

Lineups

Empoli (4-3-1-2): Sepe; Hysaj, Rugani, Tonelli, Laurini; Croce, Valdifiori, Vecino; Saponara; Maccarone, Pucciarelli

FIORENTINA (4-3-3): NETO; RICHARDS, GONZALO, BASANTA, VARGAS; BADELJ, PIZARRO, AQUILANI; BERNARDESCHI, GILARDINO, ILICIC

How to watch

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