Their second consecutive victory in just seven days have even theoretically secured position of Empoli in Serie A this season. Team has firstly won at home over Napoli 4:2 thanks to many mistakes in visiting defensive lineup, while the team also comes from a 1:0 narrow victory away from home against Torino previous weekend.
However, after the victory and securing the salvation, their coach has said that the side won’t take too lightly next games, trying to improve in every aspect, even though they lack competitive motive. He added that he expects a nice game to watch against Fiorentina, as the opponent is a side that always plays aggressively and searching for a goal more. Suspended for today’s game is full back Mario Rui (32 matches), also out remain injured midfielder Tiberio Guarante (only one match in the season so far) and Simone Verdi (24/1, also midfielder). Back in the squad should be central defender Tonelli, while the coach is expected to make couple of rotations at least.
After the first leg played away in Sevilla, it seems that the Europa League finale will only remain a dream for the players of Viola who were defeated with a 3:0 result. Huge factor in such a result played three key absentees for the Italian side, as the team still had some chances in the first halftime, but later got punished for not converting these into goals.
Their coach tried to lift the morale of the players later on, saying that he believes in different outcome after the second leg, but the reality is that Sevilla is quite experienced side and won’t be in big problems in the game played in Florenz. Previous weekend the team won over Cesena at home with a 3:1 result, recovering the fifth position that leads to Europa League. They now have two points more than Genoa which is on seventh place and remain in a must win situation here. Striker Khouma Babacar (20/7) remains injured, same as other offensive player – Giuseppe Rossi – important one, but missed the whole season. New injury worry is right back/central defender Nenad Tomovic (21/1).
Empoli comes from two consecutive victories, however Fiorentina is close to a must win here and even though they played tough game on Thursday, the team remains slight favorite here. They are almost already out of Europa League and winning here might be the key factor of saving their season a little.
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