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  • March 6, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: G. Gava
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Serie A Preview: Lazio - Palermo

Serie A Preview: Lazio - Palermo

The Aquile have Champions League qualification in their sights while the Sicilians will hope to bounce back from Sunday's 7-0 hammering by Udinese...

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Lazio: Berni;, Lichtsteiner, Biava, Stendardo, Radu; Ledesma, Matuzalem; Zarate, Hernanes, Sculli; Floccari

Lazio


Palermo: Sirigu; Munoz, Bovo, Andelkovic; Cassani, Nocerino, Migliaccio, Ilicic, Balzaretti; Hernandez, Pastore

Palermo


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Lazio remain in fourth place in Serie A despite their defeat to Cagliari last weekend. They have 48 points from 27 matches and are 10 points behind leaders Milan.
  • In none of the last six games in Serie A involving Lazio have more than two goals been scored.
  • The Aquile have won just one of their last four matches against Palermo in Serie A - that was in Sicily in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
  • The Biancocelesti have found the target in each of their 20 previous Serie A clashes with Palermo in Rome.
  • Lazio have lost two and drawn three of their 14 league fixtures at the Stadio Olimpico this season.
  • Palermo are in eighth place in Serie A with 40 points from 27 matches, six points off a Europa League slot.
  • The Aquile have lost their last three games in Serie A and if they lose to Lazio, then they would repeat their four-defeats-in-a-row streak of March 2008.
  • Serse Cosmi, who replaced Delio Rossi as the coach after the weekend's 7-0 humiliation to Udinese, is the 17th appointment at Palermo since Maurizio Zamparini took the helm in 2002.
  • The 7-0 loss to Udinese in Sicily was the Rosanero's second-worst defeat in Serie A and their worst on home ground.
  • Palermo have the fourth best attack in the Italian top flight this season (44 goals scored) and the second-worst defensive statistics (43 conceded).


LAST MEETING



October 31, 2010: Palermo 0-1 Lazio

Lazio defeated Palermo in Sicily in the reverse fixture despite finishing the game with ten men. Andre Dias' goal on 27 minutes eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Renzo Barbera. Giuseppe Biava was sent off in the 77th minute.

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Last Five Matches
Lazio
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Sep 14, 2014Lazio 3 - Cesena 0ITA1
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Odds
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Available Squads
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
26Stefan RaduDefender
2Guglielmo StendardoDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
-MatuzalemMidfielder
-HernanesMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
-Giuseppe SculliStriker
99Sergio FloccariStriker
10M. ZárateStriker
-Tommaso BerniGoalkeeper
18Javier GarridoDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
23Mark BrescianoMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
-Simone Del NeroMidfielder
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Siniša AndelkovićDefender
5Cesare BovoDefender
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
8Giulio MigliaccioMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
2Mattia CassaniDefender
11Abel HernándezStriker
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
2S. GarcíaDefender
-Fabio LiveraniMidfielder
30Afriyie AcquahMidfielder
-Michele PaolucciStriker
Players to Watch
Hernanes
Hernanes
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
Palermo's defensive unit was in sixes and sevens last weekend against Udinese, and this will make Hernanes a very happy man. The Brazilian playmaker will hope to craft chances for his team-mates and also make inroads on his own into the Palermo citadel.
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claimed this week that Javier Pastore is the biggest talent in the world after Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Pastore was poor against Udinese on Sunday last and has been inconsistent, especially in the second-half of the season. However, the Argentine will be crucial for Palermo against Lazio in Rome with his imagination and creativity.
Prediction
Lazio have proved themselves to be strong at home and with Palermo having been destroyed last weekend the Aquile will head into this encounter with confidence. A win for the Sicilians could be tough; a draw is the most they can aspire for.
Editor's Prediction
Lazio 1

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