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Saturday December 8 2012
Line-ups: Roma-Fiorentina

Vincenzo Montella’s high-flying Fiorentina reshuffle their tactics to take on his former club, but Zdenek Zeman drops Daniele De Rossi to the Roma bench.

Tonight we see two of the potential surprise packages for this season go head-to-head, but above all it is a blast from the past kicking off at 19.45 GMT.

Montella was a hero at Roma both as player and then interim Coach, while it is well known that he was offered the job again this summer before they opted for Zeman.

Alberto Aquilani grew up in the Giallorossi youth academy and Luca Toni is facing his former club too, though David Pizarro is in Chile for the funeral of his sister.

Adem Ljajic, Michele Camporese and Ahmed Hegazy are injured, though Stevan Jovetic is back on the bench for the first time in a month.

Ruben Olivera steps in for Pizarro, while Juan Cuadrado is carrying a knock but is able to play in a new attacking role alongside Toni.

Roma have De Rossi back after a three-match ban, but he’s shockingly not in the starting XI, as Zeman courts further controversy.

Erik Lamela is still out with an ankle injury, while Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is not fit enough to start, so Miralem Pjanic is again pushed into an advanced role.

Roma: Goicoechea; Piris, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti; Bradley, Tachtsidis, Florenzi; Pjanic, Destro, Totti

Roma bench: Stekelenburg, Lobont, Taddei, Dodò, Burdisso, Romagnoli, De Rossi, Perrotta, Marquinhos, Lamela, Nico Lopez, Osvaldo

Fiorentina: Viviano; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic; Cassani, Borja Valero, Olivera, Aquilani, Pasqual; Cuadrado, Toni

Fiorentina bench: Lupatelli, Neto, Tomovic, Migliaccio, Della Rocca, Bernardeschi, Romulo, Llama, Fernandez, Jovetic, Seferovic, El Hamdaoui

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