Empoli manager has set out the exact XI we expected. Keep an eye on former Viola Primavera star and captain Filippo Bandinelli, who scored in this fixture last year and was delighted to do so against the club that didn’t think he was worth keeping around.
Fiorentina mister Vincenzo Italiano, on the other hand, has made 9 changes from the side that beat Twente. Dodô, Rolando Mandragora, Aleksa Terzić, Riccardo Saponara, and Jonathan Ikoné all get their first starts of the season (for the former pair, their first-ever starts for the Viola) while Pierluigi Gollini, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Giacomo Bonaventura, and Luka Jović all return from a 1-game sojourn to the bench; it’s pretty clear that Cousin Vinnie is going to play selection roulette all year to keep these players fresh.
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Parisi, Luperto, Ismajli, Stojanović; Henderson, Marin, Bandinelli; Bajrami; Lammers, Destro
Fiorentina (4-3-3): Gollini; Terzić, Martínez Quarta, Milenković, Dodô; Maleh, Mandragora, Bonaventura; Saponara, Jović, Ikoné
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