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  • February 19, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 21000
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Palermo - Lazio Preview: Edy Reja's side hoping for another clean sheet to stay in Serie A title race

Palermo - Lazio Preview: Edy Reja's side hoping for another clean sheet to stay in Serie A title race

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The Biancocelesti will be aiming to keep within touching distance of Juventus and AC Milan at the top of the table when they pay a visit to the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

PALERMO

Viviano
Pisano, Silvestre, Mantovani, Balzaretti
Migliaccio, Donati, Barreto
Zahavi
Hernandez, Miccoli
LAZIO

Marchetti
Scaloni, Zauri, Stankevicius, Radu
Ledesma, Matuzalem
Gonzalez, Hernanes, Lulic
Klose

Armin Bacinovic is the only major injury worry for Palermo coach Bortolo Mutti ahead of the fixture on Sunday. Abel Hernandez and the red-hot Fabrizio Miccoli will likely get the nod up front against a a makeshift Lazio back four.

Lazio boss Edy Reja will be without a plethora of first-team regulars at the weekend. Stefano Mauri is still nursing a thigh problem while Lorik Cana continues his recovery from a back injury.

Tomasso Rocchi, Giuseppe Biava and Cristian Brocchi will also miss the encounter through various knocks and ailments while Mobido Diakite and Abdoulay Konko are suspended.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last three Serie A encounters, outscoring their opponents 9-4 in that span.
  • The Sicilians have earned 27 out of a possible 33 points at the Renzo Barbera this season (W9 D2).
  • Mutti's men have won six league games by a two-goal margin.
  • Lazio have kept 10 clean sheets in their 23 Serie A games this season.
  • The Biancocelesti have won three out of their last four league encounters, scoring 10 goals in the process.
  • Reja's side have conceded 11 goals in their past five matches away from the Olimpico.
  • The away side are one point and one league position better off than they were at this stage last season.

Players to watch

F. Miccoli

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

The 32-year-old has turned back the clock with his recent performances and his heroics have seen his side earn 10 points from their last five games. Miccoli has scored five goals in his last three matches and will hope to keep his hot streak going with another sizzling performance against the capital-city boys.

M. Klose

Position: Attacker

Games: 10

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0

The Germany international has been a revelation in the Italian capital this season. The veteran is fourth in the Serie A scoring charts with 12 goals but has not hit the back of the net in his last two league appearances. Lazio will need their leading scorer to be firing on all cylinders at the weekend.

Editor's Prediction

The Sicilians have been a tough nut to crack at the Stadio Renzo Barbera and should continue their winning ways on home soil against the Biancocelesti.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Palermo

Lazio

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
US Città di Palermo Palermo
Draw
SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
26%
66%

Top 3 Predictions

US Città di Palermo PAL
1 - 2
SS Lazio LAZ
US Città di Palermo PAL
0 - 2
SS Lazio LAZ
US Città di Palermo PAL
0 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ

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