¼ finals of Italian Cup with the Fiorentina coming from two consecutive defeats in Serie A. After getting an surprise home defeated against Pescara (0-2), the team of Montella was again defeated in Udine, by 3-1.
Like this the moment is not the best and there are concerns around three important Viola midfielders: Pizarro, Matias Fernández and Borja Valero are doubtfull to this game due to injury.
If they are absent will be heavy absences for Fiorentina, which in his 3-5-2, depends a lot of his midfield construction to Jovetic or Toni.
On Roma, the concerns are similar. The Zeman team is also coming from two consecutive defeats in Serie A (4-1 in Napoli and 0-1 in Catania) and, besid that, they also have many important absences in his team.
Specailly in attack: Osvaldo, Lamela, Totti, Marquinho, Perrotta and López. Very offensive team, as always are the Zeman teams, the Roma will be here very limited in this sector, as only Destro is an attacker.
Like this, Zeman should play with a different scheme, more defensive.
I believe that both teams make a careful approach. We must remember this is a knock out game and Fiorentina, as well as Roma, will have important absences in offensive roles.
Roma was expecting to play this game at Stadio Olímpico, as they end up Fiorentina in the last season, they thought they deserved the advantage.
But, Roma lost it when Lazio reached the 1/8 finals and played his game at the Olímpico, despite that the game of the Biancocelesti, 1-0 against Catania, was played last week, made Roma loose the home advantage.
The capital team after the defeat with Catania in the last weekend is now sixth placed in Serie A, still out of the European places, and due to that the game with Fiorentina wins more importance.
The Viola, who is fifth in Serie A, three points up Roma, don’t arrive much better to the game, after the mentioned two consecutive league defeats.
The last game between the two teams was in September for Serie A, and end with a hammering win of Roma, 4-2. The winner of this game will face the winner of the game between Inter and Bologna.