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Serie A Preview: Lazio – Bologna

The Aquile are in desperate situation…

By Subhankar Mondal

Hernanes - Lazio (Getty Images)
Problems Resurface

The situation with Lazio never seems to get better, or so it seems. After enduring a disastrous season in 2009-10 in which the Rome-based side just about managed to stay afloat in the Italian top flight, this season under Edy Reja the former Italian champions were expected to do something great but to no avail.

Lazio went down 2-0 to Sampdoria in Genoa in their opening game of the season and the fans have expressed their anger and concern. However, club supremo Claudio Lotito has hit back at the supporters and has asked them to have patience.

“The sentiments and passion of the fans must converge into a unified project and all my initiatives have that final aim,” Lotito told the Corriere dello Sport. “We hope that those who today have a different opinion can understand the important thing is to support the club they love. Criticism is accepted when it is constructive.

“They ought to be thankful. Let’s not forget that today Lazio can happily balance the books enough to register for the Serie A season, which was not the case before.

“Now we can make plans. We have recaptured international credibility as well as two titles, the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup.

“I am the president who has won quicker than any other. Bad seasons can happen. This year I expect the side to be determined, cohesive, united and ready to impress the fans.

“This is a squad that can be on a par with anyone.”

Encouraged By Inter Draw

Holding Italian and European champions Inter to a draw is no mean feat but Bologna accomplished just that in their opening game of the season when they drew 0-0 with Rafael Benitez’ side in front of their own supporters.

Bologna are expected to struggle for survival again this year but they must have gathered more confidence after their performance and result against Inter. However, the Felsinei are poor away from home and they have to be careful about this.



Meghni, Garrido and Floccari are out.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Muslera, Lichsteiner, Biava, Dias, Radu; Brocchi, Ledesma, Mauri; Hernanes; Zarate, Rocchi


Morleo, Gavilan, Khrin, Pisanu, Busce, Ekdal and Ramirez are out.

Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Viviano, Esposito, Portanova, Britos; Garics, Perez, Mudingayi, Rubin; Casarini; Di Vaio, Gimenez

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Last Five Matches
Apr 19, 2014Lazio 3 - Torino 3ITA1
Apr 13, 2014SSC Napoli 4 - Lazio 2ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Lazio 2 - Sampdoria 0ITA1
Mar 30, 2014Lazio 3 - Parma 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Genoa 2 - Lazio 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Juventus 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 13, 2014Bologna 1 - Parma 1ITA1
Apr 5, 2014FC Internazionale 2 - Bologna 2ITA1
Mar 29, 2014Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
3Andrè DiasDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
9Mauro ZárateStriker
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
32Tommaso BerniGoalkeeper
2Guglielmo StendardoDefender
39Luis CavandaDefender
23Mark BrescianoMidfielder
-Pasquale FoggiaMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
13Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
-Andrea EspositoDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
15Diego PérezMidfielder
16Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-Matteo RubinDefender
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-H. GiménezStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
21Nicolò CherubinDefender
26Luca SiligardiMidfielder
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
35Daniele PaponiStriker
69Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
Players to Watch
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
11 1 2 0
Hernanes will be the one to watch for Lazio this week as his creativity and quality will be tested. The Brazilian has a huge reputation and he will be the one to light up with Rome sky in front of the Lazio supporters.
Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Di Vaio remains Bologna's most trusted striker and the Italian will be shoulder most of the task of putting the Lazio defence in a fix. His eye for goal and clinical ability will be vital.
Probable Lineups
Néstor Muslera Micol 25
Stephan Lichtsteiner 26
Giuseppe Biava 20
Andrè Dias 3
Stefan Radu 26
Cristian Brocchi 32
Cristian Ledesma 24
Stefano Mauri 6
Hernanes 0
Mauro Zárate 9
Tommaso Rocchi 9
Emiliano Viviano 13
Andrea Esposito 0
Daniele Portanova 90
Miguel Angel Britos 5
Gyorgy Garics 8
Diego Pérez 15
Gaby Mudingayi 16
Matteo Rubin 0
Federico Casarini 0
Marco Di Vaio 9
H. Giménez 0
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0