Thursday evening sees the second of three clashes between Juventus and Fiorentina this month, the pair facing off in the first leg of their Europa League tie. The storied rivals meet in Turin just as they did on Sunday, the prize of a quarter-final berth on offer for whichever side emerges victorious.
The Bianconeri claimed all three points in their league meeting last weekend but each team was handicapped by a number of key absences. Each should be much stronger this time around, making for a number of interesting battles across the pitch, any of which could prove to be the decisive factor as they go head-to-head again.
Juventus—who stoked the rivalry on Twitter this week (via ForzaItalianFootball)—have the added incentive of the final being at their home stadium, but the Viola will not want to lose to their bitter enemy again.
Over the following pages are the three battles which will shape the match.