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  • November 28, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: G. Gava
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Serie A Preview: Lazio - Catania

Serie A Preview: Lazio - Catania

The Aquile will have to return to winning ways to continue to battle for the championship...

Keeping Milan In Sight

For a club like Lazio, a Scudetto triumph is always going to be a bonus but for the former Italian champions to continue to keep dreaming of a first championship since 2000 they will have to continue to bag points and keep league leaders Milan in sight.

Lazio are currently second in the table with 26 points from 13 matches and are three points off the pace. Last weekend Edy Reja's side were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Parma away from home and it followed a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Napoli in Rome. In the two previous league fixtures, though, the Aquile had suffered defeats and things have to be improve and become more steady.

However, the Biancocelesti have a good record at the Stadio Olimpico and have won four of the league matches there. Winning against Catania at home is not going to be easy especially as the Sicilians have looked good and are picking up points but Lazio will go into this match as favourites.

Mid-Table Security

Catania were considered relegation material at the start of the season but so far the Sicilians have combated that danger well. At the moment the Etnei are in tenth position with 17 points from 12 matches, a healthy six points above the relegation zone.

Last weekend Marco Giampaolo's side defeated rock-bottom Bari 1-0 in front of their own supporters and bounced back from the Sicilian derby defeat to Palermo the week before. Catania, though, have had a pretty good record in recent weeks as they have lost just once in their last six competitive games.

Nevertheless, Catania will have to put in loads of effort against Lazio if they plan to register a win at the Olimpico. The Rossazzurri have not registered a win on the road yet in the league and have lost four of the six matches. Bagging maximum points promises to be extremely tough; even a draw will have to be earned.



TEAM NEWS

Lazio


Meghni, Biava and Quadri are out injured injured. Edy Reja is likely to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation that will have Zarate as the lone striker with Hernanes, Floccari and Mauri as the three attacking midfielders just behind him.

Catania

Capuano, Pesce, Bellusci, Carboni, Augustyn and Spolli are unavailable for the trip to Rome as they are nursing injuries. Maxi Lopez is suspended.


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Players to watch

M. Zárate

Position: Attacker

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Zarate will once again be an important figure in the Lazio line-up. The Argentine has recently returned to form and he will aim to carry on banging in the goals. Zarate is hugely talented and against Catania he will be eager to exhibit just that.

T. Morimoto

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Morimoto will replace Maxi Lopez as the main striker for Catania and he will be keen to do what the Argentine does - score goals. Morimoto is a good striker and has looked comfortable playing in Italian football. Against a Lazio side that can be miser at the back, he will be spearheading Catania's attackline.

Editor's Prediction

A win for Lazio can be expected but they must take care not to concede an early goal to the Sicilians.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Lazio

Catania

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
Draw
Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania
84%

Top 3 Predictions

SS Lazio LAZ
2 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT
SS Lazio LAZ
3 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT
SS Lazio LAZ
1 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT

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