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Aug 2, 2020 at 5pm UK at Stadio Paolo Mazza
SPALSPAL
1-3
FiorentinaFiorentina
D'Alessandro (39')
Fares (45+2')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Duncan (30'), Kouame (89'), Pulgar (90+4' pen.)
Chiesa (90+2')

Preview: SPAL vs. Fiorentina - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Serie A fixture between SPAL and Fiorentina, including team news and predicted lineups.

Fiorentina head into their final Serie A fixture of the season looking for the victory which should guarantee them a top-half finish in the standings.

Meanwhile, SPAL welcome Viola to Stadio Paolo Mazza looking to end a disappointing campaign on a high ahead of their return to the second tier.


Match preview

Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa pictured in December 2019© Reuters

After finishing down in 16th position last season, supporters of Fiorentina would have had concerns that their 15-year stay in the top flight was in jeopardy.

However, after replacing Vincenzo Montella in December, Giuseppe Iachini has spearheaded a revival, recording eight wins and eight draws from his 22 matches in charge.

The latest burst of positive results, a run of 10 points from five games, have helped Viola into the top half of the standings, leaving Iachini and his side on the brink of holding off a cluster of teams who are bidding to overtake them on the final day of the season.

Despite the possibility of Federico Chiesa ending his long-term association with his boyhood club, there is reason for Fiorentina supporters to be optimistic with regards to their future.

As well as impressing in the final third, Iachini's team visit SPAL having only conceded three goals from their last five outings, two of which came in a 2-1 defeat at Roma.

With bottom place now confirmed, SPAL will be keen to get Sunday's fixture over and done with as they begin to make preparations for their first campaign back in Serie B.

Eleven matches have now passed since their last victory, a run which stretches back to March 8, and there were no signs of any last hurrah as they succumbed tamely at Hellas Verona earlier this week.

While Luigi Di Biagio has been threatened with the sack, the former Italy Under-21s boss has insisted that he has no intention of resigning from his position.

However, a 15th defeat from 18 matches may prove to be the final straw for the powers-that-be at SPAL, who will recognise that changes will have to be made before the start of the new season.

SPAL Serie A form: LLLLDL

Fiorentina Serie A form: DWWDLW


Team News

SPAL's Andrea Petagna pictured in action in August 2019© Reuters

Di Biagio is expected to make a number of changes to his SPAL starting lineup after the 3-0 defeat at Verona.

Alessandro Murgia, Jakub Iskra and Marco D'Alessandro are all in line to feature in the team after second-half appearances.

However, Andrea Petagna will hope to retain his spot in attack, potentially as a lone forward if Di Biagio persists with a 4-5-1.

Fiorentina boss Iachini may potentially retain the same XI after their 4-0 demolition of Bologna.

On the back of impressing as a substitute in that game, Christian Kouame is pushing for a return in the final third.

SPAL possible starting lineup:
Letica; Tomovic, Salamon, Bonifazi, Iskra; Strefezza, Dabo, Murgia, Tunjov, D'Alessandro; Petagna

Fiorentina possible starting lineup:
Teracciano; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Venuti, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Kouame, Cutrone, Chiesa


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We say: SPAL 0-2 Fiorentina

While this game has the potential to be a low-key affair, Fiorentina should have more than enough to cruise to victory over opposition who will be delighted to see the back of this campaign.


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Who will win Sunday's Serie A clash between SPAL and Fiorentina?

SPAL
Draw
Fiorentina
SPAL
9.9%
Draw
13.6%
Fiorentina
76.5%
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2Inter Milan382410481364582
3AC Milan432491083513281
4Lazio39256881423981
5Atalanta BCAtalanta38239698485078
6Roma382171077512670
7Napoli381881261501162
8SassuoloSassuolo38149156963651
9Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381213134751-449
10Fiorentina381213135148349
11Parma38147175657-149
12Bologna381211155265-1347
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16Torino38117204668-2240
17Genoa38109194773-2639
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