Fiorentina take on high-flying Hellas Verona at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday in round 13 of the 2020-21 Serie A season.
La Viola are struggling in 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone. Verona, in stark contrast, are seventh in the table, with 19 points from 12 games.
After being handed a demoralising 3-0 defeat away to Atalanta, Fiorentina extended their winless run to four games, drawing 1-1 to the much-improved Sassuolo at home.
Hamed Traore's 13th-minute opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Dusan Vlahovic's 35th-minute penalty, with both sides sharing the spoils.
The high of defeating Lazio by a 2-1 scoreline away from home quickly evaporated for Hellas Verona as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to a floundering Sampdoria.
Two excellent strikes from Albin Ekdal and Valerio Verre gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, with Mattia Zaccagni's 70th-minute penalty giving Verona some hope.
By the time Antonin Barak was sent off for a disgraceful stamp in injury time, the game was well and truly over.
Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona Head-to-Head
Fiorentina have won five of their last 10 games against Hellas Verona, with the Scaligeri winning three and drawing two of their own. The away side has triumphed six times in this fixture in the last 10, although that was not the case last season.
Verona won 1-0 at home, while Fiorentina managed a 1-1 draw at the Artemio Franchi the last time they met in July of this year.
Fiorentina form guide: W-L-D-L-D
Hellas Verona form guide: L-W-D-W-L
Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona Team News
With Cristiano Biraghi and Gaetano Castrovilli starting in their previous game against Sassuolo, La Viola boss Cesare Prandelli has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from.
He employed a three-man backline in that game, with Prandelli likely to stick to that formation, although Franck Ribery may get a rest.
Ivan Juric lost striker Andrea Favilli to injury ahead of the game against Sampdoria, and he joins Marco Benassi, Ronaldo Vieira and Nikola Kalinic in the treatment room. Mert Cetin is back and available, but Antonin Barak is suspended following his red card.
Federico Ceccherini was substituted against Sampdoria with a calf injury, with no updates on his condition yet.
Injured: Marco Benassi, Ronaldo Vieira, Nikola Kalinic, Andrea Favilli
Doubtful: Federico Ceccherini
Suspended: Antonin Barak
Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona Predicted Lineups
Fiorentina Predicted XI (3-5-2): Bartlomiej Dragowski (GK); German Pezzella, Nikola Milenkovic, Martin Caceres; Pol Lirola, Giacomo Bonaventura, Erick Pulgar, Gaetano Castrovilli, Cristiano Biraghi; Christian Kouame, Dusan Vlahovic
Hellas Verona Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Marco Silvestri (GK); Pawel Dawidowicz, Matteo Lovato, Federico Dimarco; Marco Davide Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Adrien Tameze, Darko Lazovic; Eddy Salcedo, Mattia Zaccagni; Ebrima Colley
Fiorentina vs Hellas Verona Prediction
Cesare Prandelli is still awaiting his first Serie A win in this spell as Fiorentina boss. With games against Hellas Verona and Juventus to come, he may be left searching for another few games.
Verona have plenty of injuries but are a well-drilled side, and Dusan Vlahovic may struggle to find the net.
We expect a closely-fought contest that will end in a low-scoring draw.
Prediction: Fiorentina 1-1 Hellas Verona.Published 17 Dec 2020, 20:27 IST