Coppa Italia winner Trevor Francis previews Fiorentina v Udinese
Fiorentina face Udinese in tonight's Coppa Italia semi-final and Trevor Francis predicts a lively second leg.
Last Updated: 12/02/14 6:40am
Udinese head to Fiorentina for the second leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night with a 2-1 lead and it promises to be a cracker to decide who makes the final of the competition.
Read on to see what Trevor expects to see at the Stadio Artemio Franchi...
TREVOR SAYS: This is modern-day football and it has changed so much with two legs from years gone by. It used to be tight, playing for a 0-0 and then try to win the return leg, but these days teams play on the counter-attack and are looking to score.
Udinese have that one goal advantage but it's a slender lead. The tie is perfectly poised and neither team will be too unhappy with the situation and they'll think they've got a great chance of making the final.
Udinese seem to have put aside their problems in the league - they are 14th in Serie A - but they've had a difficult season. They've been a selling club for a few years and with players leaving there's been a knock-on effect. They have found life tough but they've still been able to produce good young players.
Luis Muriel is a young Colombian we may see at the World Cup and he came on to score the second goal in the first leg. He really caught the eye. The Uruguayan striker Nicholas Lopez has also done well in this competition.
Plus they've got Antonio Di Natale. He may be 36 but he still knows where the goal is. Away from home they still present a big threat because they've got players who can score.
Coach Vincenzo Montella has done really well at Fiorentina. They were fourth last season and are in the same position this year, and they've struggled with injuries to striker Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gómez, who hasn't played since September.
That's been a huge loss and they've had to reshuffle their squad. Their Slovenian midfielder Josip Ilicic can play up front and they have Spanish international Joaquin. They do have one or two good options and if Fiorentina play to their potential they will feel they can overcome this deficit.
For English viewers, there will be a few of Fiorentina's stars on show that used to play in the Premier League. Stefan Saviæ was at Manchester City, Alberto Aquilani is ex-Liverpool, Modibo Diakite (Sunderland) and Anderson (Man United).
One player they will miss though is Borja Valero. The ex-West Brom midfielder likes to support the front men and also likes to score.
Fiorentina have the greater experience, though.
They've won the competition six times. Udinese last made the final in 1922 - the opening year of the competition. There won't be a lack of determination from them but I just fancy the Florence team to get to the final.