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Sassuolo vs Fiorentina: Lineups and how to watch

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As expected, the Viola change shape and bring some new faces into the XI.

ACF Fiorentina v UC Sampdoria - Serie A Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Late news

Sassuolo boss Robert de Zerbi will return to the 4-3-3 he’s used at times this season, using more or less the personnel we anticipated. Hamed Junior Traorè will start from the bench, which means he’s definitely going to score as a substitute against the club that refused to buy him over what certainly look like bogus medical concerns.

Fiorentina mister Vincenzo Montella, his hand forced by absences in defense, has reverted to a 4-3-3 shape from his usual 3-5-2. Lorenzo Venuti replaces Pol Lirola on the right, while Marco Benassi will make a rare start in relief of Milan Badelj in midfield with Erick Pulgar sliding into the holding role. Up top, Kevin-Prince Boateng will work at striker with Riccardo Sottil also getting a start opposite Federico Chiesa while Franck Ribery is suspended.

Lineups

Sassuolo (4-3-3): Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Peluso; Duncan, Magnanelli, Đuričić; Berardi, Caputo, Boga

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Drągowski; Venuti, Milenković, Pezzella, Dalbert; Benassi, Pulgar, Castrovilli; Chiesa, Boateng, Sottil

How to watch

TV: Check the full international television listings here, but this is probably one you’ll need to stream.

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