Fiorentina may have expected to be further ahead in this Europa Conference League round of 16 tie at the halfway stage than they actually are considering how well they did in the previous round. After easily disposing of Braga, the first leg 1-0 win over Sivasspor was closer than many would have liked.
La Viola now travel to Turkey knowing that they have a job to do if they are to progress, even if that job is still protecting a lead. Sivasspor have dropped down to 15th in the Turkish Super Lig and are real contenders to go down.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, have seen a slight improvement in domestic form. They’ve won the last three in Serie A and are started to score goals more readily. Vincenzo Italiano will hope his side can kill the game early in Turkey on Thursday evening.
Sivasspor vs Fiorentina: Predicted lineups
Having been sent off in the first leg, Max Gradel is not going to be playing a part in the second leg against Fiorentina which is a blow for Sivasspor. They made a whopping eight changes for their league game at the weekend to try and stay fresh for this one. They are still without Robin Yalcin and Caner Osmanpasa, whilst Mustapha Yatabare is also a doubt.
Fiorentina cannot count on Cristiano Biraghi because he got a yellow card in the latter stages of the first leg. That is a blower considering Aleksa Terzic is out injured, so it seems Luca Ranieri will be having to start the game at left-back.
Sivasspor predicted XI vs Fiorentina (4-1-4-1): Vural; Paluli, Goutas, Appindangoye, Ciftci; Cofie; Saiz, Arslan, Charisis, Yesilyurt; Caicedo.
Fiorentina predicted XI vs Sivasspor (4-3-3): Terracciano; Dodo, Martinez Quarta, Igor, Ranieri; Bonaventura, Amrabat, Castrovilli; Ikone, Jovic, Gonzalez.
Sivasspor vs Fiorentina: When does the Europa Conference League fixture start?
The Europa Conference League fixture of Sivasspor vs Fiorentina kicks off at 20:45 local time in Turkey – making it a 17:45 GMT kick-off.
In the United States, kick-off of Sivasspor vs Fiorentina is 12:45 ET or 09:45 PT.
Sivasspor vs Fiorentina: Where to watch the Europa Conference League fixture?
In the United States, every Europa Conference League game in 2022/23 can be seen on Paramount+, including Sivasspor vs Fiorentina and the other standout fixtures of the Europa Conference League round of 16.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can watch Sivasspor vs Fiorentina on BT Sport 9.