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Sunday January 5 2014
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Livorno

Fiorentina could face a tricky test in the Derby di Toscana today as Livorno take on Giuseppe Rossi and Juan Cuadrado.

It kicks off at the Stadio Artemio Franchi at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Viola are flying high in fourth place and, despite Mario Gomez’s continued absence with a knee injury, have netted a creditable 33 goals in 17 games.

Rossi is Capocannoniere with 14 and today is supported by Colombian international Cuadrado, Juan Manuel Vargas and Slovenia’s Josip Ilicic in a 3-5-2 system.

David Pizarro is able to start with Alberto Aquilani and Spanish dynamo Borja Valero.

Livorno, on the other hand, are in penultimate place and without a win in eight Serie A rounds.

Emerson sits out a ban with the injured Andrea Coda, so Leandro Rinaudo steps into the defence.

Luca Siligardi is not 100 per cent fit, so Paulinho is the lone centre-forward

The history books are not reassuring for the Amaranto, as their most recent Serie A victory in Florence was back in December 1937 and they’ve lost the last five on the bounce.

Livorno’s away form is also disastrous on a run of six consecutive defeats.

Fiorentina: Neto; Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Savic; Cuadrado, Pizarro, Aquilani, Borja Valero, Vargas; Ilicic, Rossi

Fiorentina bench: Munua, Tomovic, Compper, Ambrosini, Pasqual, Iakovenko, Vecino, Joaquin, Matias Fernandez, Matos, Wolski, Rebic

Livorno: Bardi; Ceccherini, Rinaudo, Valentini; Schiattarella, Benassi, Luci, Biagianti, Greco, Mbaye; Paulinho

Livorno bench: Ananaia, Aldegani, Gemiti, Decarli, Duncan, Piccini, Borja, Mosquera, Emeghara, Belingheri, Siligardi

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