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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina v Inter

The Nerazzurri head south on the Italian high speed train to face La Viola.

Marco Luzzani

Inter look to get back on the Serie A winning track this weekend, as Walter Mazzarri's men head to Firenze to face Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina.

Last weekend, the Nerazzurri fell to an embarrassing defeat to Cagliari and want to right the ship and stay on course for (hopefully) Champions League qualification.

The good news is Inter were able to bounce back for their midweek Europa League clash, in which they beat Qarabag 2-0.  Also, Hernanes did not suffer any serious problems after he was stretchered off and will likely be available off the bench for this match.

After Mazzarri held his press conference earlier today, he fielded three questions from Interisti on Twitter and revealed one of his favorite songs.

Mister Mazzarri, this one goes out to you:


Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time: 20.45 CET / 2.45 pm ET / 11.45 am PT

Venue: Artemio Franchi


Fiorentina Probable Formation (4-3-1-2): Neto; Alonso, Savic, Rodriguez, Tomovic; Valero, Pizarro, Aquilani; Fernandez; Babacar, Cuadrado

Inter Probable Formation (3-5-2): Handanovic; Ranocchia, Vidic, Juan Jesus; D'Ambrosio, M'Vila, Medel, Kovacic, Dodo; Osvaldo, Icardi

Unavailable For Duty: Fredy Guarin, Jonathan, and Hugo Campagnaro do not make the trip down due to injury, while Yuto Nagatomo sits out with a suspension.

Operation Purple People Eater: The objective is to head into Florence and metaphorically eat the Viola and then spit them out in order to show that last week's result against Cagliari was an anomaly.

Fear Factor: 7 - Vincenzo Montella's squad has sputtered in the goal department thus far this season, as they have only scored two through five rounds of play. Inter's back three vulnerabilities might be the remedy needed for them.

Enemy Of The State: Cuadrado has the pace and ability to run rabid through the Nerazzurri backline.  Let's hope he doesn't.

Medal Of Honour: Danilo D'Ambrosio gets this week's nod, as he showed his scoring prowess midweek in the Europa League... again.

Likely Outcome: I'm going for a repeat of last season's scoreline with a 1-2 victory for the good guys.  Hopefully Fiorentina don't find their firepower and Inter put last week behind them.