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  • March 31, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
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Parma - Lazio Preview: Biancocelesti looking for three points in race for Champions League place

Parma - Lazio Preview: Biancocelesti looking for three points in race for Champions League place

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The Gialloblu host Edoardo Reja's men, aiming for a positive result as they continue to battle against relegation from the top tier of Italian football


PROBABLE LINEUPS

PARMA


Mirante
 Santacroce, Paletta, Lucarelli
Valdes, Musacci, Galloppa
 Biabiany, Gobbi
Floccari, Giovinco
LAZIO


Marchetti
Konko, Diakite, Biava, Radu
 Gonzalez, Ledesma, Brocchi
Mauri, Rocchi, Hernanes


Roberto Donadoni will not be able to rely on the services of McDonald Mariga and Raffaele Palladino who are injured. Sebastian Giovinco is expected to lead the attack while Sergio Floccari is expected to partner him in the final third.

The biggest absentee for Lazio is Germany international and club topscorer Miroslav Klose, who sustained a thigh injury last Thursday and could be set for a long spell on the sidelines. Senad Lulic is also unavailable with a knock, and he will join Marius Stankevicius and Luca Crescenzi out injured.

Captain Tommaso Rocchi is set to deputise for the injured Klose, with Stefano Mauri and Hernanes supporting him in the final third.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Parma have won only twice since coach Roberto Donadoni took over the team in January.
  • The Gialloblu have the joint-third worst defensive record in Serie A this season.
  • Parma's leading goalscorer in Italy's top flight in the current campaign is Sebastian Giovinco. The former Juventus man has 10 goals to his name.
  • Lazio last drew a match back in December 2011.
  • Miroslav Klose, who is set to miss Saturday's match against Parma, has had a hand in more than 45 per cent of the team's goals.
  • Lazio last lost to the Gialloblu on September 23, 2009.

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Last Five Matches
Parma
May 18, 2014Parma 2 - Livorno 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Torino 1 - Parma 1ITA1
May 4, 2014Parma 2 - Sampdoria 0ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Cagliari 1 - Parma 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Parma 0 - FC Internazionale 2ITA1
Lazio
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 10, 2014FC Internazionale 4 - Lazio 1ITA1
May 5, 2014Lazio 3 - Hellas Verona 3ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Livorno 0 - Lazio 2ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Lazio 3 - Torino 3ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
83Antonio MiranteGoalkeeper
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
6Alessandro LucarelliDefender
18Massimo GobbiMidfielder
29Gabriel PalettaDefender
8Daniele GalloppaMidfielder
-McDonald MarigaMidfielder
15Jaime ValdesMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
99Sergio FloccariStriker
1Nicola PavariniGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
-Francesco ModestoMidfielder
-Fabiano SantacroceDefender
-Stefano MorroneMidfielder
7Francesco ValianiMidfielder
9Stefano OkakaStriker
22Federico MarchettiGoalkeeper
3Andrè DiasDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
29Abdoulay KonkoDefender
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
-MatuzalemMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
27Libor KozákStriker
53Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
-HernanesMidfielder
27Lorik CanaMidfielder
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
87Antonio CandrevaMidfielder
30Emiliano AlfaroStriker
Players to Watch
Sebastian Giovinco
Sebastian Giovinco
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
17 2 2 0
The former Juventus man has been leading Parma's frontline by example this season, and is the club's top scorer. His quick turn of pace and impressive techniques can cause plenty of troubles for the Aquile.
Hernanes
Hernanes
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
14 2 3 0
The Brazilian midfielder is one of the finest players in Serie A and will be keen to prove himself and lead his team to victory. His explosive dribbling, impeccable shooting and superb vision are likely to make an impact on Saturday.
Prediction
Eduardo Reja's men are yet to feel the absence of Miroslav Klose, but it is only a matter of time before the team is affected. Parma will fight with tooth and nail for a point, so expect a tight affair.
Editor's Prediction
Parma 0
Lazio 0

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