Lazio vs Fiorentina: Win or Forget the Title Race
It is still eleven games remaining but the expected title race between Lazio and Juventus seems to fade away. The gap is now seven points and La Vecchia Signoras domination might endure if Lazio fails to win again this weekend. It should not be hard as they are only meeting Fiorentina, which is struggling to avoid relegation on the 13th of the table. So, unless they are back on their feet and pick up three points here, they might as well forget catching up Juventus.
Simone Inzaghis men were stunned on their return to the pitch after the lockdown. They were dismantled on the road by Atalanta who came from behind and sealed 3-2 win. At first, things seemed going well with their two-goal lead from Marten De Roons own goal and Sergei-Milenkovic Savics long strike. However, the host could respond by Robin Gosenss header before the half time and did much better at the second half as they scored two more by Ruslan Malinovskys long shot and Jose Luis Palominos header.
La Viola, on the other hand, had a slightly better result, though still unsatisfactory. They were held in a 1-1 draw against Brescia at home. Federico Chiesa and Co were even one goal behind as Alfredo Donnaruma succeeded taking his penalty. They only managed to equalise by German Pezzellas header but failed to score more despite having a number of great opportunities from Federico Chiesa, Frank Ribery and Dusan Vlahovic.
Missing players and probable line ups
Lazio has always been in favour of 3-5-2 with the transition to 3-5-1-1 since the reign of Simone Inzaghi. He often counts on dynamic duo at the front, Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa or Felipe Caicedo, who is also quite versatile. For this upcoming match, four names have to be sidelined due to their injuries. They are Senad Lulic, Lucas Leiva, Danilo Cataldi and Luiz Felipe.
Lazio: Thomas Strakosha; Bastos, Stefanu Radu, Francesco Acerbi ; Jordan Lukaku, Adam Marusic, Sergej-Milenkovic Savic, Luis Alberto, Marco Parolo ; Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile
Guiseppe Iachini has attempted two formations, 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 so far. Yet the result is still not that impressive. As Federico Chiesa and Martin Caceres are ruled out for this match due to the suspension, he might need to consider employing 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 formation to optimise the available ones in the squad. Dusan Vlahovic can be paired up with Patrick Cutrone at the front supported by Franck Ribery as the number ten role.
Fiorentina: Bartlomiej Dragowski; German Pezzella, Nikola Milenkovic, Dalbert, Pol Lirola; Erick Pulgar, Gaetano Castrovilli, Milan Baldej ; Franck Ribery ; Patrick Cutrone, Dusan Vlahovic.
Fiorentina have been in a positive trend in the last four matches in Serie A without a single defeat. However, when it comes to head-to-head encounters, Lazio is more superior with 4 wins and 2 draws in their last six meetings.
This clash, in fact, is more important for Lazio. The pressure for them to win is greater as the stake is high. This is the moment when Ciro Immobile and Cos mentality is being tested whether they have all it takes to shake Juventuss domination and win the title or they only become the regular title contender.
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