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Astori debuts in today's friendly against A.S. Lucchese Libertas 1905

Hopefully Astori has a better career in purple than another guy in this picture.
Hopefully Astori has a better career in purple than another guy in this picture.
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Paulo Sousa opts for a very strong (and very attacking) formation for this second to last friendly of the summer, against Lega Pro / Serie B side A.S. Lucchese Libertas 1905.

This very small-time Tuscan derby boasts a debut start for Davide Astori, as well as a return to the 4-2-3-1, unless someone unexpected is playing in midfield. That attacking foursome looks like it could be buckets of fun against the team from Lucca, although the recent exodus of players does make that bench look frighteningly thin.

Look for Ante Rebic to have a point to prove, since he is inheriting minutes from Federico Bernardeschi (away on Italy U-21 duty) and Josip Ilicic. Also keep an eye on Borja Valero operating from a slightly deeper position.

Kickoff at the Stadio Porta Elisa is set for 19:00 CET (2:00 EST).  The one Lucchese player to look out for is ex-Viola Ashong.

LINEUPS

FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): TATARUSANU; RONCAGLIA, GONZALO, ASTORI, ALONSO; BADELJ, BORJA VALERO; JOAQUIN, ROSSI, REBIC; BABACAR

Bench: Lezzerini, Gilberto, Bagadur, Fazzi, Iakovenko, Bangu, Diakhate

Lucchese (???): Di Masi, Benvenga, Ashong, Lorenzini, Monacizzo, Nolè, Mingazzini, Fanucchi, Rossetti, Vita

Bench: Ferrara, Citti, Maini, Melli, Montanaro, Pecchioli, Marchesi, Calcagni, Bianconi, Ballardini, Terrani

Viewing options

It's streaming for free on the official Fiorentina website!! Hooray!!

There will also be the radio broadcast will be on Radio Bruno Toscana.

You all know what to do below the line! Forza Viola!