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  • November 21, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 17470
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Serie A Preview: Parma - Lazio

Serie A Preview: Parma - Lazio

Edy Reja's side should be confident of bagging all three points in Parma and maintaining their Scudetto challenge...

Injection Of Optimism

Parma were struggling in the relegation zone until very recently but last weekend’s 1-0 win against Bari away from home in Serie A came as a welcome relief and propelled them out of the reach of the bottom-three, at least for now.

The win in Bari was the Crociati’s first league victory on the road and pushed them up to 14th in the standings on 14 points, three points above the relegation zone. However, Parma are one of three clubs on that margin and given the congestion in the table, they cannot take anything for granted.

Against a Lazio side who have returned to winning ways and are fighting for the Scudetto, Parma have to be especially careful and try to limit their aspirations to a draw at home. Pasquale Marino’s side have a formidable defensive record at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as they have conceded just twice in six league fixtures and they will have to continue to perform solidly at the back.

Flying High Again

Back-to-back defeats to Roma and Cesena had inspired doubts to raise their ugly heads as Lazio were knocked off their perch at the top of the table in Serie A. Their performance in those two defeats was insipid too as Edy Reja’s side failed to maintain their fluid, attacking football.

However, last weekend the Aquile were released out of their cage and soared high in the sky, defeating an impressive Napoli side 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. The three points gained kept Lazio in second place in Serie A with 25 points from 12 matches, just one behind leaders Milan.

It now remains to be seen whether Lazio can once again embark on a winning run. The victory against one of Italy’s stronger and ambitious sides will have surely injected a healthy dose of confidence in them and now the players will try to muster a win at Parma with an assurance that they have won four league games on the road so far this campaign.



TEAM NEWS

Parma

Paloschi and Galloppa are unavailable because of injuries. Paletta is suspended.

Lazio

Meghni and Quadri are out because of injuries.


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May 18, 2014Parma 2 - Livorno 0ITA1
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Lazio
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
3Andrè DiasDefender
26Stefan RaduDefender
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
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99Sergio FloccariStriker
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
9Mauro ZárateStriker
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21Modibo DiakiteDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
23Mark BrescianoMidfielder
-Pasquale FoggiaMidfielder
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Antonio Candreva
Antonio Candreva
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 87
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37 12 4 1
Candreva’s ability to play a more central role as well as out on the wide will be crucial in stretching the Lazio defence. The 23-year-old is rated highly and against a Scudetto-challenging side, he will be eager to prove himself.
Mauro Zárate
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Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Mauro Zarate was the star for Lazio last weekend as he scored the first goal and created the second in the Aquile’s 2-0 triumph over Napoli. Zarate has been in the doldrums for a very long time but the hugely gifted Argentine seems to be back to his best and Parma could struggle against his pace and tricks.
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