The first meeting was a defeat: Fiorentina 3-1 Roma on 22 November 1931, but that game was played in Florence and not in the capital, as tonight’s game will be at 20:45 in the Stadio Olimpico when Luis Enrique’s team faces that of Delio Rossi. The first challenge between the two clubs in Rome took place on 17 April 1932 and ended as a 1-1 draw. Since then Roma and Fiorentina have played each other many, many times. Almost enough to make one lose count: in 145 previous meetings there have been 43 wins for Roma, 57 draws and 45 defeats. The balance, therefore, leans slightly toward the Viola.
Within the capital there have been 72 matches played: 32 wins for the Romanisti, 27 draws and 13 defeats with 106 goals scored and 71 conceded. So in this case the balance is tilted toward the Giallorossi. The last meeting at the Stadio Olimpico dates back to 10 November 2010, Roma 3-2 Fiorentina with goals from Simplicio, Borriello and Perrotta and from Gilardino and D'Agostino for the away team. On 11 January there was a round of 16 match in the Coppa Italia that ended 3-0 thanks to Lamela (a brace) and his team-mates (with Borini notching the third).
The man of this match, according to the numbers, is Francesco Totti, who has scored against the Viola 10 times in his career. After the captain, sit Balbo, Conti and Pruzzo with 7 goals. Going back over the gallery of some of the most memorable incidents in this meeting, one to remember would be the winner scored by Batistuta on 26 November 2000 with his crisp right-footer from the edge of the box that went under the crossbar to beat Toldo. It was the season of the third Scudetto for the Romanisti and "The Lion King", who until that season had been an idol for Fiorentina, scored against his former team and then wept like a baby. Another memorable game was that of 17 October 1998: Zeman’s Roma, outnumbered, came back in the final minutes through Alenitchev and Totti, but the man of the match was the Argentine Bartelt, who did well to set up both goals.