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Where: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence.
When: Wednesday March 26, 19:45 GMT
Fiorentina continue their hunt for a third place finish in Serie A this season as they host a struggling AC Milan, with coach Clarence Seedorf still reportedly fighting for his future.
La Viola are currently seven points adrift of that elusive Champions League spot currently occupied by Napoli, but having beaten the southern giants at the weekend they will face Milan full of confidence.
Giuseppe Rossi has returned to training, but despite the fact that he isn’t close to a return to competitive action yet it undoubtedly provided a boost for the team heading into the final stretch of the season as they are likely to also be without Mario Gomez after the German international suffered a knee sprain.
It has been a complete contrast at Milan, with Seedorf apparently still under threat and the Dutchman will require a positive result in Florence in order to silence the growing criticism.
While the Rossoneri were able to stop the rot against Lazio on Sunday night, the performance was criticised by former coaches and players alike, but ultimately the club have insisted that the players showing “fight” is paramount at this difficult stage.
It remains to be seen whether or not that result did anything for their confidence, but with a place in Europe becoming a more distant dream, they will be playing for pride at the very least when they take on their rivals.
Mario Balotelli will likely be restored to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Rome, but Seedorf is expected to make further changes as he continues to rotate his squad.
It is expected to be a tense battle at the Franchi on Wednesday night, with both teams looking to obtain all three points. With Borja Valero back from suspension and with a strong home record against Milan behind them, Fiorentina will be hopeful of exploiting a struggling Italian giant.