Fiorentina vs FC Basel 1893 Preview

Italian side Fiorentina welcome Swiss outfit Basel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday evening as the Europa Conference League semi-finals get underway.

Bidding to face either West Ham United or AZ Alkmaar in the final, Fiorentina and Basel will both be eager to notch a first-leg advantage in Tuscany.

Fiorentina booked their place in the last four of the Conference League with a dramatic 6-4 aggregate triumph over Polish club Lech Poznan, with La Viola reaching a first European semi-final since 2014-15.

After claiming an impressive 4-1 victory in Poland, Fiorentina found themselves 3-0 down on home soil in the second leg, but late goals from Riccardo Sottil and Gaetano Castrovilli sealed the deal for Vincenzo Italiano's side.

Fiorentina have lost just two of their 12 Conference League clashes this season, notching nine consecutive victories between October and April while scoring at least three goals on seven occasions during that period.

Given that La Viola sit eighth in the Serie A table – 12 points outside the top six – Italiano and his players will view the Conference League as their best chance of securing European football for next season.

Following a 1-0 defeat to newly-crowned Serie A champions Napoli on Sunday, Fiorentina have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, so the Tuscany outfit will be hoping to rediscover their best form on Thursday.

Fiorentina possible starting lineup:

Terracciano; Dodo, Milenkovic, Igor, Terzic; Amrabat, Duncan; Gonzalez, Bonaventura, Sottil; Jovic

Basel possible starting lineup:

Hitz; Lang, Kasim, Lopez; Ndoye, Xhaka, Burger, Millar; Males, Amdouni; Zeqiri