Fiorentina vs Lazio preview

October 18, 2014
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Lazio vs FiorentinaHaving finally returned to the right track with a comfortable triumph over Inter Milan, Fiorentina will be looking for more of the same when they host Lazio on Sunday.

The Biancocelesti go into the game in confident mood as well after winning last two league fixtures, and they, too, will be hoping to close the gap behind their rivals for European positions.

This season did not start well for Fiorentina as they suffered a 2-0 loss to Roma before sharing spoils with Genoa at home, but the team have since showed massive improvement.

Even with some important players on the sidelines, Viola embarked on a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions, winning both Europa League fixtures in style while picking up eight points from next four league matches.

It was the impressive 3-0 triumph over top 3 rivals Inter Milan that should serve as a major confidence boost, so bear in mind home win pays 2.10 (11/10).

With Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi still sidelined, youngster Khouma Babacar should start as a lone striker one more time.

Joaquin, Marko Marin and Micah Richards are back in contention, but Juan Cuadrado is unlikely to start having returned late from international duty.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-2-1): Neto – Tomovic, Rodriguez, Savic, Alonso – Aquilani, Pizarro, Kurtic – Fernandez, Valero – Babacar.

Buoyed by the heavy summer recruitment, Lazio have shown a great deal of promise in the opening exchanges, but the team have struggled for consistency.

Back to back defeats to Genoa and Udinese spelled trouble for new boss Stefano Pioli, but his players produced a perfect response, hammering Palermo on the road before beating Sassuolo at home just before the international break.

Lazio are obviously looking to extend the winning run at Artemio Franchi, but odds of 4.20 (16/5) offered on away win would suggest they face an uphill task.

The Biancocelesti did, however, beat Fiorentina in the same fixture last season, which should give them reason for optimism.

Federico Marchetti should continue in goal having reclaimed a starting berth, but Lorik Cana misses out through suspension.

Dusan Basta, Diego Novaretti, Santiago Gentiletti and Danilo Cataldi are out injured, while Ciani is set to be preferred to Braafheid.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Marchetti – Cavanda, de Vrij, Ciani, Radu – Parolo, Biglia – Candreva, Mauri, Lulic – Djordjevic.

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