Chievo vs. Fiorentina, preview: Can the Flying Donkeys burst the purple bubble?

Claudio Villa

Chievo are currently second from bottom, and a visit from the high-flying Viola is unlikely to change their place in the table. Will the Flying Donkeys be able to take even a point from Fiorentina?

All eyes on la viola now: how will they ever follow up last week's masterful match? Down by two until the 66th minute, Fiorentina came back and beat Juventus 4-2. Three goals by Giuseppe Rossi and one from Joaquín, all scored within fifteen minutes, gave the hosts their first victory over the Old Lady in Florence for 15 years.

Such a streak won't be broken at the Bentegodi this weekend. Last season, this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, while the reverse was a 2-1 Fiorentina win. It's tough to see Chievo beating the odds and picking up all three points. The Flying Donkeys are currently second from bottom, having lost four in row and knocking in a miserly six goals in eight matches. It's quite likely Giuseppe Sannino will be even more fearful for his job than usual, with his team set to keep out goals rather than knock them in.

But it's more than likely Rossi won't be having any of that. The forward currently has the most goals in Serie A, with last weekend's hat-trick putting him at eight in league play. And if against Juventus he still wasn't playing at full fitness, well, it might be best for Chievo to simply disregard all pretense of playing to win and simply field ten defenders.

Chievo Verona injuries and suspensions

Boadu Acosty and Alessio Sestu (injured); Alessandro Bernardini and Dario Dainelli (in doubt); Luca Rigoni and Gennaro Sardo (suspended)

Fiorentina injuries and suspensions

Massimo Ambrosini, Ahmed Hegazy, Josip Iličić and Mario Gómez (injured)

Projected lineups

Chievo (4-4-2): Puggioni; Frey, Claiton, Cesar, Dramé; Estigarribia, Bentivoglio, Radovanović, Hetemaj; Paloschi, Théréau

Fiorentina (3-5-2): Neto; Roncaglia, Rodríguez, Savic; Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Borja Valero, Pasqual; Joaquín, Rossi

Match Date / Time

Sunday, October 27 at 3 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue

Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona

TV

Sky Calcio 4 (Italy)

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