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  • 8 April 2012
  • • 00:30
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
  • • Attendance: 32000
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Lazio - Napoli Preview: Champions League rivals prepare to do battle in Italian capital

Lazio - Napoli Preview: Champions League rivals prepare to do battle in Italian capital

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A feisty encounter is on the cards when the two outfits take to the Olimpico on Saturday, as the race for a top-three finish begins to hot up with the end of the season approaching


PROBABLE LINEUPS
LAZIO

Marchetti
Scaloni, Biava, Diakite, Konko
Ledesma, Cana
Gonzalez, Hernanes, Mauri
Rocchi
NAPOLI

De Sanctis
C'pagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos, Aronica
Dzemaili, Inler, Hamsik
Pandev
Lavezzi, Cavani

A surprise 3-1 reverse to Parma last weekend saw Lazio suffer a third defeat in four Serie A matches, but despite their recent poor form, they still lead the way in race for the last Champions League spot.

However, Edy Reja's job isn't made any easier with the news that first-teamers Cristian Brocchi, Andre Dias, Miroslav Klose, Marius Stankevicius, Matuzalem, Stefan Radu and Senad Lulic will all miss out on the game against Napoli.

As a result, a number of changes are on the horizon for the Romans as Mobido Diakite, Lionel Scaloni, Hernanes and Lorik Cana are likely to deputise for the absentees.

For Napoli, coach Walter Mazzarri will be without injured trio Andrea Dossena, Marco Donadel and Christian Maggio, while Juan Zuniga and Walter Gargano are suspended. As a result, the 50-year-old is being tipped to switch to a 4-3-1-2 formation from his tried-and-trusted 3-5-2.

Miguel Britos, Blerim Dzemaili and Goran Pandev are the players set to be flung into contention, with Hamsik dropping into midfield from his usual attacking role behind the strikers.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Lazio have won just one of their last five meetings with Napoli - a 2-0 victory in November 2010.
  • The Biancocelesti have been victorious in five of their last six games on home soil.
  • Tommaso Rocchi has already scored three goals against the Partenopei and could net his 100th Serie A strike on Saturday.
  • Over the last 20 years, Napoli have won just twice at the Olimpico against Lazio.
  • Edinson Cavani has scored four goals versus the Biancocelesti, including one of his three Serie A hat-tricks.
  • Napoli lead in the head-to-head by 38 wins to 34 against Lazio.

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Available Squads
22Federico MarchettiGoalkeeper
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
21Modibo DiakiteDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
29Abdoulay KonkoDefender
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
-HernanesMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
27Lorik CanaMidfielder
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
53Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
-MatuzalemMidfielder
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
30Emiliano AlfaroStriker
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
15Roberto ColomboGoalkeeper
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