FLORENCE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 05: Antonio Di Natale of Udinese Calcio looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 5, 2012 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)
The good news:
The bar has been set pretty low after the weekend, right? Hip hip for the key to happiness: low expectations.
The bad news:
This is one o'them six-pointer things, a magical and imaginary three points awarded because the two clubs are chasing the same goal which magically disappears overnight, sometimes sooner for the losing team. (Curious, that.) The other (other) jailbird striped club is sitting four ahead in the race to spend next season punting the Europa League, as all Italian teams do. Comes with the UEFA contract, I think.
Plus there's the horrific sight of [Insert subpar Roma defender here.] standing just a little too far off Toto Di Natale from 25 yards and having him casually plant one high right into the back of Maarten's cage. Which might actually be written into Francesco Guidolin's gameplan.
The excellent news:
Given the inherent nature of both teams, this could - should - be a stormer for the neutral, and this one's at home, which makes a 9-8 victory all the more likely.
Rosi, Kjaer, Heinze, Taddei
Gago, DDR, Pjanic
Totti, Osvaldo, Bojan
DE ROSSI Daniele
OSVALDO Pablo Daniel
VALDES J. Angel