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  • February 26, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: C. Brighi
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Lazio - Fiorentina Preview: Hosts hoping for drastic improvement following shock 5-1 defeat by Palermo

Lazio - Fiorentina Preview: Hosts hoping for drastic improvement following shock 5-1 defeat by Palermo

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The Champions League-chasing Biancazzurri host the Viola on Sunday evening with the visitors, in 14th place as it stands, aiming for only their second away victory of the campaign


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LAZIO


Marchetti
Konko, Zauri, Diakite, Lulic
 Gonzalez, Ledesma, Candreva, Mauri
Hernanes
 Kozak


Fiorentina


Boruc
 Camporese, Nastasic, Natali
 Behrami, Montolivo, Salifu, Lazzari, Vargas
Amauri, Jovetic



Edy Reja's troops will go into Sunday's clash without a host of first team regulars, with Lorik Cana, Christian Brocchi and Miroslav Klose all sidelined with various injuries, while Andre Dias and Francelino Matuzalem are suspended for the tie.

However, the hosts will welcome back Abdoulay Konko and Modibo Diakite, after the defensive duo served their domestic suspensions, while Stefano Mauri is in line to start his first league game since the 2-2 draw with AC Milan back in September after recovering from a thigh problem.

The visitors will travel to the capital without the suspended trio of Mattia Cassani, Alessandro Gamberini and Ruben Olivera, while Houssine Kharja will also miss out as the former Genoa midfielder is still nursing an ankle sprain.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Lazio have won three of their last four meetings with the Viola.
  • The hosts have only managed to win half of their 24 league games so far this season.
  • The Biancazzurri have both drawn and lost six times in Serie A this term.
  • Fiorentina have only managed to win once on the road in Serie A this season.
  • The visitors have conceded one goal more than they have scored in league play in 2011-12.
  • The Viola have both won and drawn seven times this season.

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Available Squads
22Federico MarchettiGoalkeeper
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
21Modibo DiakiteDefender
-HernanesMidfielder
-MatuzalemMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
19Senad LulicMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
11Miroslav KloseStriker
53Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
13Andrea SbragaDefender
6Luciano ZauriDefender
-Enrico ZampaMidfielder
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
30Emiliano AlfaroStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
14Cesare NataliDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
2Rômulo Midfielder
35Stevan JoveticStriker
8Adem LjajicStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
19FelipeDefender
-Michele CamporeseDefender
66Juan VargasMidfielder
11Alessio CerciMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
32Marco MarchionniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Libor Kozák
Libor Kozák
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Opava forward has been in fine form for the Biancazzurri in recent weeks, with the Czech international netting two goals in his last two league apperances, and, with the hosts likely to be missing top scorer Miroslav Klose on Sunday, he will need to be at his best for the visit of the Viola.
Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 35
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Montenegro international is the star man in Florence and is currently leading the goalscoring charts for his side, having netted 12 times in the league so far this term, and, after bagging three in his last four outings, he will be hoping that his impressive strike-rate continues on Sunday evening.
Prediction
Lazio being in real need of a reaction following their humiliating 5-1 defeat to Palermo last weekend and subsequent Europa League exit to Atletico Madrid, coupled with the Viola's poor away form this term, suggests that a victory for the hosts should be the most probable outcome.
Editor's Prediction
Lazio 2

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