Sunday's Serie A action rounds off at the Stadio Olimpico with a tasty-looking showdown between seasoned campaigners Roma and Fiorentina. Despite the visiting side's position in the standings, this encounter has all the makings of a top-four six-pointer.
Serie A returns to action after a two-week break to accommodate the final round of Euro 2024 qualifiers as Milan and Fiorentina go head-to-head in a handsomely-looking fixture at the San Siro. Saturday's high-stakes contest in Lombardy could prove a 'make or break' fixture for Rossoneri boss Stefano Pioli.
Vincenzo Italiano showed his loyalty toward Fiorentina last summer, electing to stay despite Napoli’s courtship. The Partenopei plot to try again, as they see Walter Mazzarri as a stopgap. But a few other top sides are intrigued by the gaffer, who could indeed leave teh Viola.
Napoli have just appointed Walter Mazzarri to succeed Rudi Garcia, but they are already thinking about the future of their bench since the returning coach accepted a seven-month contract. President Aurelio De Laurentiis wishes to open a new cycle with an up-and-comer like Italiano or Farioli.
Stadio Artemio Franchi is the venue as Fiorentina and Juventus go head-to-head in a tasty-looking Serie A showdown on Sunday evening. Let's look at our match preview for this contest.
Serie A's 10th round was brought to a close with an entertaining match in Rome. The Viola came in on a high after their 6-0 win in Europe on Thursday but wanted to keep pace at the top of the league as well. Lazio on the other had shown both sides of themselves in the past week, giving arguably their best performance of the season against Sassuolo but a terrible display in the Netherlands against Feyenoord meant the morale needed a boost. The visitors ultimately fell victim to Immobile's smash and grab in injury time.
Lazio gaffer Maurizio Sarri wants his side to bounce back in a hurry after a woeful display in the latest Champions League game versus Feyenoord. The manager has a seesawing relationship with owner Claudio Lotito, while his bond with the squad is rock solid.
Arthur Melo has rekindled his career at Fiorentina and could get a reward for his impressive start to life at Artemio Franchi with a permanent move from Juventus. La Viola surprised many when they offered the 27-year-old a lifeline in Serie A following a troublesome spell in Turin, but their gamble has paid off.
Vincenzo Italiano has shrugged away talk of missing out on the chance of representing Napoli. The Partenopei were linked heavily to the Fiorentina coach for a while after losing Luciano Spalletti, but Italiano is confident of his choice of staying put in Florence.
Despite Fiorentina's fifth place in the Serie A standings at the beginning of this matchday, Sunday's clash at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona against Napoli has all the makings of a top-four six-pointer. Let's look at our match preview for this contest.
Gonzalez is a central part of the Fiorentina project and presently earns €2.5M net per season. However, he is set to exceed Arthur and Nikola Milenkovic’s status as the club’s highest earning member with the renewal. He dodged foreign offers in the summer transfer window to stay in Firenze.
Vincenzo Italiano contributed to the victory against Udinese with an unusual move. For just the second time since he’s at Fiorentina, he turned to a three-man defense to protect the lead. He took out a winger, Josip Brekalo, and inserted Nikola Milenkovic early in the second half.