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Fiorentina vs. Basel: Lineups and Match Thread

Fiorentina kick off their Europa League campaign against Swiss champions, Basel.

Just wanted to use this picture, to be honest.
Just wanted to use this picture, to be honest.
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Welcome one and all to tonight's opening Europa League fixture.

Tonight, for your viewing pleasure, we'll be watching Fiorentina as they take on Swiss side Basel. For fans of narratives, the game will see Paulo Sousa welcoming his former side to his new home. Meanwhile, the Swiss champions will be especially interested in reaching this year's final as it's being played in their stadium.

After the weekend's hard-fought, ugly, brutal, and downright nasty victory, tonight could be a chance to open up and unleash a little fun. So how are Fiorentina looking?


Fiorentina: Sepe; Roncaglia, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Astori; Blaszczykowski, Vecino, Badelj, Alonso; Ilicic, Kalinic, Mati Fernandez

Subs: Tatarusanu, Gilberto, Pasqual, Mario Suarez, Borja Valero, Rebic, Babacar

Basel: Vaclik; Xhaka, Hoegh, Suchy, M. Lang; Bjarnason, Elneny, Zuffi, Boetius; Embolo, Janko

Subs: Vailati, P Degen, Samuel, Delgado, Kuzmanovic, Calla, Gashi

For anyone hoping to tune in, viewing options are discussed in our in-depth match preview, found here. We'll be tweeting the game using our Twitter account (which can be followed here) and everyone is more than welcome to get talking in the comments.

One thing to remember is that any links to illegal streams will be removed, so if you could refrain from posting them, that'd be grand. But anyway, let's watch the first game in what is sure to be a gloriously, trophy-laden Europa League campaign!