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Visitors to prosper; TODAY'S LIVE IN-PLAY STREAMING FOOTBALL PARMA v FIORENTINA 2pm.

PARMA and Fiorentina were jostling for European qualification last season but while Fiorentina have remained at that level in this campaign tonight's hosts have plummeted to the foot of Serie A, writes Sam Price.

Financial problems, the sale of key players Marco Parolo and Cristian Molinaro and a luckless run of injuries have all contributed to Parma's sharp decline but the board continue to keep faith in the ability of coach Roberto Donadoni to transform the club's fortunes.

The Crociati have lost 13 of their 16 league matches this term, shipping a mammoth 36 goals, while they have also had issues at the other end having scored four goals in their last eight games with main striker Antonio Cassano experiencing a drought.

The winter break couldn't have come soon enough for Parma, who need to act in the transfer market now that they're nine points adrift but a match against Fiorentina looks a tough reintroduction.

As well as the long-term injuries Parma have two suspensions and regulars Afriyie Acquah and Ishak Belfodil are both away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, which may be too significant a handicap against a decent Fiorentina side.

Vincenzo Montella's side sit eighth but are just three points off third and are excellent travellers. La Viola have lost just one of their last ten away fixtures and have beaten Cagliari 4-0 and Cesena 4-1 in their most recent trips - a similar display would be too much for crisis club Parma.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2015
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