Lazio vs Hellas Verona preview

May 4, 2014
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Lazio vs VeronaHaving improved their top 4 chances with an away triumph over Livorno, Lazio can make a giant step towards European qualification by defeating Hellas Verona.

However, the Gialloblu are tied on points with the Biancocelesti and sixth-placed Torino, while they go into the game on the back of a 4-0 hammering of Catania.

Following some under-par showings in the first part of the campaign, Lazio have shown improvement under Edy Reja and they are now in a position to fight for Europa League berths.

It was away victories over Fiorentina, Cagliari and Livorno that helped the Biancocelesti close the gap behind their top 6 rivals, although their home form seem to be improving as well.

After defeating Parma and Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico, Lazio could only salvage one point against Torino by scoring deep into injury time, and they will certainly be looking to fare better this time out.

However, with their opponents on top of their game at the moment, odds of 1.70 (7/10) offered on home win are not too tempting.

There have been some good news for Lazio officials this week and not only as Miroslav Klose agreed to sign a new deal.

The likes of Mauri, Biava, Klose, Dias, Postiga, Konko and Berisha have all resumed full training, with Ederson the only unavailable player.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Berisha – Konko, Biava, Cana, Radu – Biglia, Ledesma, Lulic – Candreva, Klose, Mauri.

An excellent season can turn into an amazing one if Hellas Verona happen to secure European qualification, and the Gialloblu are on the verge of achieving a major feat.

A four-match losing run in March seemed to have ended their Europa League hopes, but Andrea Mandorlini’s charges then staged quite a comeback to climb to eighth in the Serie A standings.

And with sixth-placed Torino also on 52 points, Hellas Verona have reason to hope they can clinch the final European berth.

The Gialloblu have been quite impressive of late, winning four of last five league fixtures, and they are 5.50 (9/2) to win at Stadio Olimpico as well.

Boss Mandorlini faces an anxious wait over the fitnes sof key attacker Juan Iturbe, who is carrying a thigh injury, and it looks as though the Argentine won’t be fit to start.

The good news is important midfielder Romulo is back, but Massimo Donati, Martinho and Daniele Cacia are definitely out.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Rafael – Pillud, Marques, Moras, Albertazzi – Romulo, Donadel, Hallfredsson – Marquinho, Toni, Gomez Taleb.

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