Paulo Sousa gives Cristoforo a rare start, with the Uruguayan presumably partnering Milan Badelj in the centre of midfield. An unexpectedly healthy Josip Iličić will team up with Borja Valero in the attacking midfield strata, with the two of them playing off Nikola Kalinić... old school. As for the back line, stalwart Davide Astori will play alongside Nenad Tomović and Carlos Sanchez.
Roberto Donadoni opts for a 3 man backline likewise. More interestingly however Simone Verdi, fresh from earning his first cap for the Azzurri, partners Mattia Destro up front.
Fiorentina (3-4-2-1): Tatarusanu; Tomović, Sanchez, Astori; Milić, Cristoforo, Badelj, Tello; Iličić, Valero; Kalinić.
Bologna (3-5-2): Mirante; Maietta, Gastaldello, Torosidis; Krejčí, Donsah, Viviani, Taider, M’Baye; Verdi, Destro.
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