The first leg in Italy a week ago ended 1-0 in favour of Viola, thanks to Antonin Barak’s 69th-minute volley.
Sivasspor will play host to Fiorentina in the second leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League last-16 tie at New 4 Eylul Stadium on Thursday. The first leg in Italy a week ago ended 1-0 in favour of Viola, thanks to Antonin Barak’s 69th-minute volley. It was a dominant performance from Vincenzo Italian’s side at Stadio Artemio Franchi as they had more than 60% of ball possession and attempted six shots on target, compared to just one shot on target by Sivasspor. Meanwhile Riza Calimbay’s side finished the match with 10 men after Max Gradel was sent off four minutes into the injury time for receiving his second yellow card of the night.
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Sivasspor have lost all three of their matches since the Turkish clubs resumed the season after the devastating earthquakes in the region. This Sunday, the Braves were thrashed 3-0 by Istamnbulspor in Esenyurt in the Turkish top flight, courtesy of goals from Valon Ethemi, Demeaco Duhaney and Jason Lokilo. The Sivas-based club are languishing at the 15th spot in the Turkish Super Lig standings, having collected just 24 points from as many games, level on points with 16th-placed Istanbulspor in the drop zone.
Fiorentina, on the other hand, are in stunning form, having recorded six wins and one draw from their last seven fixtures across all competitions. Last time out, Viola defeated Cremonese 2-0 in the Serie A, thanks to Rolando Mandragora’s opener mid-way through the first-half and a 50th-minute effort by Arthur Cabral. It was their fifth successive win in all competitions. The impressive run of form has helped the Violets to move into ninth position in the Italian top flight standings, having collected 34 points from 26 games.
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Sivasspor winger Gradel will be suspended for thursday’s fixture because of the red card he picked up last week. Robin Yalcin and Caner Osmanpasa are sidelined with injuries. As for Fiorentina, full-back Cristiano Biraghi will not be available for the game in Turkey because of a yellow card suspension, while Aleksa Terzic is nursing an injury. Ikone, Jovic and Gonzalez might form the attacking-trio.
Sivasspor Probable line-up: Vural, Paluli, Goutas, Appindangoye, Ciftci, Cofie, Saiz, Arslan, Charisis, Yesilyurt, Caicedo
Fiorentina Probable line-up: Terracciano, Dodo, Martinez Quarta, Igor, Ranieri, Bonaventura, Amrabat, Castrovilli, Ikone, Jovic, Gonzalez
|Sivas Belediyespor||3-0 (W)|
|AC Milan||2-1 (W)|
|Fiorentina beat Sivasspor||1-0|
The UEFA Europa Conference League match between Sivasspor and Fiorentina will take place at New 4 Eylul Stadium on Thursday at 11:15 pm IST.
|Sivasspor vs Fiorentina||Key Details|
|Venue||New 4 Eylul Stadium|
|Kickoff time in Turkey||8:45 pm|
|Kickoff time in Italy||6:45 pm|
|Kickoff time in India||11:15 pm|
The match between Sivasspor and Fiorentina can be seen on Exxen in Turkey. Meanwhile, those in Italy can catch the live action via NOW TV, Sky Go Italia, DAZN, Sky Sport Football and Sky Sport 254.
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