Franck Ribery has been ruled out late due to injury, so finally, we get to see Christian Kouamé and Dušan Vlahović paired together from the opening whistle. LMQ also gets the nod over Igor on the left side of Prandelli’s back three, while Erick Pulgar finally gets a start (his first since Cagliari) due to Sofyan Amrabat missing out through yellow card accumulation.
Gaston Ramirez starts his eighth match of the season, playing ahead of Fabio Quagliarella and Ernesto Torregrossa. Claudio Ranieri has also picked Mikkel Damsgard over Antonio Candreva, but other than those two Tito correctly predicted the Samp lineup.
Fiorentina (3-5-2): Drągowski; Milenković, Pezzella, Martínez Quarta; Venuti, Bonaventura, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Biraghi; Vlahović, Kouamé
Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszyński, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Thorsby, Jankto, Silva, Damsgard; Ramírez, Balde
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