Parma vs Fiorentina: A Duel for Two Different Missions
Gialloblu is currently involved in a 6-way tussle for two Europa League spots next season with Roma, AC Milan, Cagliari, Verona and Napoli. So far only Napoli has secured the ticket via Coppa Italia after winning it last month. No wonder that in these remaining nine games, they have to win while hoping some of their contenders fail to do so. This weekend, Gervinho and Co will be playing a host for La Viola, which are still stuck on the thirteenth of the table with 31 points, or seven points behind Parma. Fiorentina is on different mission to save their future in the first tier.
Roberto D’Aversa’s men slipped to another loss on the road in the midweek. This time they were thumped by Hellas Verona 2-3 in a thrilling game. Dejan Kulusevski opened the score sheet. Yet Verona could equalise by Samuel Di Carmine’s penalty and then turned things round as Mattia Zaccagni. Ten minutes later, it was Parma’s turn to level the score line as Ricardo Gagliolo tapped in the ball after a deflection from Marco Silvestri’s save. However, Parma’s defensive frailty was exposed when Verona made a counter attack with Valerio Verre on the lead and his assist to Matteo Pessina gave them the host a winning goal.
La Viola had a similar result at home while meeting Sassuolo. Their attempted to break the deadlock apparently left their defence open and their opponent’s swift counter attack led to a penalty for the visiting side. Gregorio Defrel took it well. He also doubled the lead with the same counter attack scenario. Sassuolo did not stop there as they scored another one from Mert Muldur. Fiorentina only managed to respond one by Patrick Cutrone’s header.
Missing players and probable lineups
Parma under D’Aversa opts for 4-3-3 formation. They rely on the speedy Gervinho as the attacking left accompanied by Atalanta loanee Andreas Cornelius at the centre forward and the young Swedish right winger Dejan Kulusevski. Their new signing from Manchester United, Matteo Darmian, might be in the line up this week. On the sideline, Roberto Inglese is still injured while Hernani is serving his suspension.
Parma: Luigi Sepe; Bruno Alves, Riccardo Gagliolo, Simone Iacoponi, Matteo Darmian; Gaston Brugmann, Jurac Kucka, Antonino Barilla; Gervinho, Dejan Kulusevski, Andreas Cornelius.
Guiseppe Iachini needs to modify his 3-5-2 formation as they are late in anticipating the counter attack. 4-3-2-1 seems to be more suitable to give more balance on the attack and defence. Patrick Cutrone deserves to be given a chance in the starting IX as Dusan Vlahovic is suspended. Franck Ribery and Federico Chiesa are supporting the former AC Milan striker from behind and playing wide when necessary.
Fiorentina: Bartlomej Dragowski ; Nikola Milenkovic, German Pezzella, Dalbert, Pol Lirola ; Joseph Duncan, Erick Pulgar, Gaetano Castrovilli; Franck Ribery, Federico Chiesa ; Patrick Cutrone
In the past six head-to-head meetings, Parma is the dominant one. They have been able to win and have a draw three times each. La Viola seems to be unlucky quite often in the game against Gialloblu.
Considering both form since the restart, the host seems to have a bigger chance to win if Iachini does not improve his team. Dejan Kulusevski and Andreas Cornelius will bring trouble in La Viola’s defence if they make the same mistakes as in the previous match, not to mention Gervinho’s acceleration on the left flank. Federico Chiesa needs to improve his finishing touch as he has been wasting many opportunities after the lockdown. In the end, the three points might go to Bruno Alves and Co’s side.
Where to watch
International TV channels:
ESPN2 (USA), Serie A Pass (Holland, Serbia), C More Play (Sweden), Digi Sport (Cze), BeIN Sports CONNECT (Fra), DAZN (Ger, Aut,). Strive Sport (Norway), Premier Players HD (UK, Ire), Eleven Sports 3 (Poland).