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Torino vs. Fiorentina: Team News, Preview, and How to Watch

Sousa will be measured against one of the wiliest veteran Italian coaches on Sunday

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After a terrific home victory against AC Milan to start the season, Fiorentina will hope to build momentum by bringing another positive result home from Turin. Standing in the way of successive Viola wins are Torino, the difficult to beat "friendly foes" who are fresh off of a surprisingly good season in Europe.

The fratelli granata have added some interesting Italian talents following the big money move of Matteo Darmian to Manchester United, but more importantly have again retained the core of the squad and Giampiero Ventura. It will be interesting to measure how Paulo Sousa sets up the team against one of the better tacticians in Serie A instead of, well, Sinisa.

Torino vs. FIORENTINA:Sunday, August 30th 2015 20:45 local, 2:45 ET Stadio Olimpico di TorinoTurin, Italy

Only one of Torino's aforementioned Italian additions is expected to start, with long-time Viola "target" Daniele Baselli expected to start in midfield after netting the winner against newly promoted Frosinone last week. Winger Davide Zappacosta is forecast to stay on the bench behind the talented Bruno Peres, while a veteran attacking partnership of Fabio Quagliarella and Maxi Lopez will supposedly be favored over ex-Palermo Andrea Belotti.

It will be very interesting to see if Sousa names another adventurous side in this tricky away fixture. The 3-4-2-1 / 4-2-3-1 that features Gilberto on the right as well as both Facundo Roncaglia and Nenad Tomovic is still the mooted team, although heck, Paulo surprised us all with those selections on Day One, so maybe Davide Astori will come into the side on Sunday. Do expect a debut start for the ex-Atletico Madrid grafter Mario Suarez, in a midfield pairing with Borja Valero.

Josip Ilicic and Federico Bernardeschi should retain their spots in attack, after Joaquin was not named to the squad again after the events of this past week; new signing Joan Verdu doesn't make the squad either, but new transfer rumor question mark Matias Vecino does. Khouma Babacar might start - and try to recreat the B2 magic from our last trip away to Torino almost exactly a year ago - although Nikola Kalinic is the favorite to lead the line.

Torino will be a solid prospect in defense as ever, and a good test for the attack that at times looked so free flowing last week, but it will be the outstanding wing play of the granata that will most trouble the Viola on the road. Keep an eye out for Sousa's adjustments and the likely introduction of Giuseppe Rossi in the second half. A win would add to the growing confidence that, despite a harrowing transfer window, this team is maybe more than "pretty good".

Projected Lineups

Torino (3-5-2): Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Peres, Benassi, Gazzi, Baselli, Avelar; Quagliarella, Maxi Lopez

Fiorentina (3-4-2-1): Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Gonzalo, Astori; Gilberto, M. Suarez, Borja Valero, Alonso; Ilicic, Bernardeschi; Kalinic

Watch It

TV: This match will unfortunately not be broadcast on television in the United States, UK, or Australia. Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. In Italy you can watch on SKY Calcio 4 or Premium Calcio 3


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