SCOTT PETERSON - Friday, December 7, 2012
It's four versus six Saturday night as AS Roma and Michael Bradley look to make it four in a row versus Fiorentina in Serie A action.
Bradley is set to make his seventh start in a row with the midfielder logging a total of 603 minutes from a possible 630 over that span.
The return of Danielle de Rossi, however, could force Bradley back to the bench, if head man Zdenek Zeman chooses to employ a more experienced starting 11 in what is an important game for two teams with Champions and Europa League aspirations.
Fiorentina comes into the tilt on a nine match unbeaten streak, in which the Tuscans have amassed 21 from 27 possible points.
The Florentine attack is spearheaded by charismatic Italian striker Luca Toni, who has found the back of opposing nets four times this season in what essentially is a goal by committee squad.
The Tuscans, however, will be without their top goal getter in 23-year old Stevan Jovetic for the fifth consecutive match, who has six goals.
The match features two teams with designs on European play next campaign. Fiorentina currently finds themselves in fourth place with 29 points, while the Romans are two spots back with 26 points.