Serie A is up and running for the 2009/10 campaign, and two of the peninsula’s sides picked up two very eye-catching results on the opening weekend. After a hard fought 2-2 draw in the Portuguese capital against Sporting, Fiorentina may be forgiven for feeling a little tired as they began their season in Emilia-Romagna, but the Viola faithful would have hoped for a better results than the eventual 1-1 draw with Bologna. On the other hand, Palermo will be extremely happy with their 2-1 triumph over Napoli. Despite a poor end to the 2008/09 season, Napoli is certainly a team not to be underestimated, and the Sicilian side can take great pride in their hard fought opening day victory.
Fiorentina are not really expected to make any major changes, barring any injuries from last night’s Champions League qualifying clash against Sporting. After coming off the bench to score la Viola’s equaliser, Adrian Mutu will probably replace Stevan Jovetić and partner Alberto Gilardino in a more attack-minded 4-4-2. Ex-Juve winger Marco Marchionni and Juan Vargas will look to get the ball to Gilardino from the right and left wings respectively. Riccardo Montolivo and Marco Donadel are expected to provide the creativity in the centre of midfield. The central defensive partnership of Dario Dainelli and Azzurri international Alessandro Gamberini are likely to keep their places, whilst Martin Jorgensen could replace left back Manuel Pasqual.
25 Comotto – 5 Gamberini – 3 Danielli – 20 Jorgensen
32 Marchionni – 4 Donadel – 18 Montolivo – 6 Vargas
10 Mutu – 11 Gilardino
Unlike Fiorentina, Palermo do not have the mid-week European Cup problem. This is obviously an advantage for the Rosanero, as they will have a longer time to rest. After a fine attacking display at home to Napoli, a trip to Florence is a different task all together, and it would not be a huge surprise if Coach Walter Zenga favoured a more reserved approach. Rubinho will maintain his place in goal, and expect no changes to the back four that kept out a fierce Neapolitan assault at the Renzo Barbera. The successful 4-2-3-1 utilised last week is likely to be kept. However, if Zenga desires a more compact midfield, a switch to last season’s 4-3-1-2 is not out of the question, with Javier Pastore taking his place behind Edison Cavani and Fabrizio Miccoli.
16 Cassani – 24 Kjaer – 5 Bovo – 42 Balzaretti
23 Bresciano – 9 Nocerino
7 Cavani – 30 Simplicio – 6 Pastore
The Florence side will be out to rectify Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Bologna, while Palermo will look to build on their impressive victory over the stubborn Neapolitans. In this fixture last season, it was Palermo who ran out victors, winning by a clear two goals and keeping a clean sheet.