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  • September 12, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
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Serie A Preview: Lazio – Bologna

Serie A Preview: Lazio – Bologna

The Aquile are in desperate situation…

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.


TEAM NEWS

Lazio


Meghni, Garrido and Floccari are out.

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

Bologna

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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Players to watch

Hernanes

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

M. Di Vaio

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Lazio

Bologna

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
Draw
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Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
81%

Top 3 Predictions

SS Lazio LAZ
2 - 0
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SS Lazio LAZ
3 - 0
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SS Lazio LAZ
3 - 1
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