Fiorentina-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri hope to end awful away run

Fiorentina enter their crucial Serie A clash against Inter on Saturday on a high after their Coppa Italia success.

Vincenzo Montella’s men reached the cup final after a 2-0 win over Udinese on Tuesday completed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

A victory over Inter at the Stadio Artemio Franchi would be another huge boost for Fiorentina, who are fourth in the table.

Walter Mazzarri’s Inter side are fifth – eight points behind Fiorentina – and a loss would be a big blow to their European qualification hopes.

The loss of Giuseppe Rossi to a knee injury has hurt Montella’s men, with the Italian striker having scored 14 goals in the league prior to going down. The Viola are to assess defender Stefan Savic, while midfielder Massimo Ambrosini is out.

Inter broke a six-match winless run in all competitions last time out, edging strugglers Sassuolo 1-0 thanks to Walter Samuel’s goal, though are still without an away win in 2014.

Mazzarri has been under pressure and criticised for not using his younger players more often, including the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Mauro Icardi. However, Mazzarri will not have Esteban Cambiasso and Ricky Alvarez at his disposal for the trip to Florence.

Inter have a good record against Fiorentina, having tasted defeat just once in the previous 17 meetings between the teams.

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