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February 6, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ L. Baracani‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
45+3′ Hernanes

Serie A Preview: Lazio - Chievo

Having destroyed Napoli in midweek, the Flying Donkeys will aspire to get the better of the Aquile in Rome...

By Subhankar Mondal

Milan talent Alexandre Pato attempts to weave his way through Lazio's backline in their 0-0 stalemate (Getty Images)
Back On Course

Lazio's 2010-11 campaign threatened to go off track in January as they struggled for points, for wins and for goals. Prior to last weekend's encounter with Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico, the former Italian champions had won just one in four league encounters in the new year and had also been knocked out of the Coppa Italia by eternal rivals Roma.

However, things have taken a turn for the better since last weekend when they defeated Fiorentina 2-0 in Rome. That was followed by an encouraging goalless draw with league leaders Milan at San Siro on Tuesday evening and kept Lazio in the race for the Scudetto with 41 points from 23 matches, seven points off the pace.

Coach Edy Reja, though, has forever insisted that they are not fighting for the title but for a spot in the top-six to qualify for Europe next season. In this respect the Biancocelesti are well on course to fulfilling their objective. However, they will need to defeat Chievo in Rome this weekend given Inter's return to winning ways and Palermo's chase for the Europa League.

Flying Donkeys Flying Again


Until last weekend Chievo's form could have been described as wretched. Winless in the league since November, the Flying Donkeys were heading for a crash and plummeting into the relegation quagmire.

However, the situation has now taken a launch towards the sky as back-to-back victories in Serie A have increased the gap between them and the dropzone to a robust nine points. Midweek's massively significant and morale-enhancing 2-0 triumph over Scudetto-challengers Napoli in Verona followed a 3-0 demolition of Brescia last weekend, propelling Stefano Pioli's side to 10th in the table on 30 points from 23 games.

Chievo are unbeaten in their last five league encounters and have collected four points from their last two matches on the road. In the reverse fixture in September, Chievo lost 1-0 to Lazio at home and will be aiming for a revenge in Rome on Sunday afternoon.



TEAM NEWS

Lazio


Del Nero, Meghni, Garrido, Rocchi, Diakite and Floccari are injured and will miss the visit of Chievo.

Chievo


Luciano, Marcolini and Andreolli are injured and will not travel to Rome.


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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Feb 2, 2014 Chievo 0 - Lazio 2
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 15, 2013 Lazio 3 - Chievo 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 26, 2013 Lazio 0 - Chievo 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 16, 2012 Chievo 1 - Lazio 3
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 29, 2012 Chievo 0 - Lazio 3
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Last Five Matches
Lazio
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
Chievo
Apr 19, 2014Chievo 0 - Sassuolo 1ITA1
Apr 13, 2014Livorno 2 - Chievo 4ITA1
Apr 5, 2014Chievo 0 - Hellas Verona 1ITA1
Mar 29, 2014AC Milan 3 - Chievo 0ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
3Andrè DiasDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
27MatuzalemMidfielder
23Mark BrescianoMidfielder
-HernanesMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
32Tommaso BerniGoalkeeper
2Guglielmo StendardoDefender
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
14Giuseppe SculliStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
17Gennaro SardoDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
22Andrea MantovaniDefender
17Bojan JokicDefender
-Mariano BogliacinoMidfielder
5Roberto GuanaMidfielder
4Gelson FernandesMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
-Santiago MoreroDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
-Nico PulzettiMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
77Cyril ThereauStriker
-P. GranocheStriker
Probable Lineups
Néstor Muslera Micol 25
Stephan Lichtsteiner 26
Giuseppe Biava 20
Andrè Dias 3
Stefan Radu 26
Cristian Brocchi 32
Matuzalem 27
Mark Bresciano 23
Hernanes 0
Libor Kozák 27
Mauro Zárate 9
Stefano Sorrentino 1
Gennaro Sardo 17
Nicolas Sebastien Frey 21
Bostjan Cesar 12
Andrea Mantovani 22
Bojan Jokic 17
Mariano Bogliacino 0
Roberto Guana 5
Gelson Fernandes 4
Sergio Pellissier 31
Davide Moscardelli 10
Prediction
Chievo are on a high after getting the better of Napoli in midweek and will travel to Rome basking in hope and expectation. However, Lazio have proved themselves to be strong at home and should eventually collect the points.

Editor's Prediction
Lazio 2
Chievo 1
Results
 
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Torino
20 0
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18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
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Inter
15 0