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Napoli v. Fiorentina: Lineups and Match Thread

The lineups are in, and matchtime is fast approaching.

Despite predictions that Fiorentina would return to a 3-5-2, Vincenzo Montella has stuck with a 4-3-3, and one with a slightly unconventional midfield. With Alberto Aquilani, Borja Valero, and Marko Bakic, Fiorentina have a deep-lying playmaker and two box-to-box midfielders, leaving no true holding or defensive midfielder. While that leaves some vulnerability that Marek Hamsik can hopefully exploit, I can't help but think that there's going to be danger of the Inler-Jorginho pairing getting overwhelmed by the running of Valero and Bakic.

As far as Napoli's lineup goes, there's not much to say but holy crap I actually nailed a lineup prediction for once. Right down to Henrique Buss starting over Federico Fernandez, despite everyone's second-favorite Argentine probably being Napoli's best defender over the past two months. Rafa's got his favorites, though, and he does tend to shoehorn them in to lineups. Managers gonna manage, I guess.

Napoli: Reina; Reveillere, Henrique, Albiol, Ghoulam; Inler, Jorginho; Insigne, Hamsik, Callejòn; Higuain
Bench: Colombo, Doblas, Britos, Mesto, Fernandez, Behrami, Dzemaili, Bariti, Radosevic, Mertens, Pandev, Duvan

Fiorentina: Neto; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic, Pasqual; Bakic, Aquilani, Borja Valero; Cuadrado, Gomez, Joaquin
Bench: Rosati, Lupatelli, Diakite, Compper, Mati Fernandez, Ambrosini, Wolski, Matos, Matri, Tomovic, Vargas, Ilicic

The match will start shortly at 6:30 PM CET/1:30 PM EST. Television coverage will be on Sky Calcio 3 in Italy, ESPN UK in the UK, and beIN Sports Play (online streaming) in America. Other live viewing options can be found here (links to illegal streams in the comments will be removed and repeat offenders banned), and as always, you can also follow along with us live on Twitter. If you haven't already, join the community on the Siren’s Song, and join in the discussion below!