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  21/08/2015: Preview: Lazio - Bologna
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The long awaited 2015-2016 Serie A campionato is finally upon us, Lazio host newly promoted Bologna on Saturday night at the Stadio Olimpico. Lazio are coming off an entire team performance against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final play-off round on Tuesday this week, emerging 1-0 victors. Bologna are newly promoted from Serie B but are an experienced side, recently adding Destro to their attack, they will create opportunities on goal. Lazio must start this campaign strong if they hope to repeat their success from last year, failing to take home points early will only make things more difficult towards the end of the campaign when every point is hard fought and worth their weight in gold.

Lazio will enter this match with some injury concerns, particularly in attack, Klose and Djordjevic will be sidelined and unavailable. This opens the door for Keita to pick up the start, it has to be stated that this is a well-earned start despite the injuries, Keita was determined against Leverkusen and his goal was world class. Keita’s strength and speed from the onset of the match will be a welcomed addition for Lazio, look for him and Anderson to try to develop some chemistry early and often. It also looks as if Marchetti will be unavailable for the Bologna fixture, Berisha should start in goal for Lazio once again.

Lazio have the depth to be able to emerge victorious against Bologna, they must not take Pioli’s former side lightly and must grant them the respect they deserve. Lazio must play with the speed and determination they showed on Tuesday against Leverkusen, if they do the Bologna defence will find it hard to stop the Lazio attack. In defence, Lazio must close down spaces quickly; Destro and Aquafresca are experienced and can put the ball in the back of the net from what would appear to be little opportunity.

It is hard to predict a starting line-up for Lazio as Pioli may give several players an opportunity here in order for others to pick up some much needed rest ahead of the Leverkusen match. With that being said, as hard as it will be, Lazio must enter this Bologna fixture completely focused on this match, they must not look ahead to the second leg against Leverkusen in Germany next week or they can easily be caught off guard.

We must not forget that several sides in Serie A have become stronger this year. In conjunction with this, Lazio have returned to Europe, the extent of which will be determined next week on Wednesday, this means Lazio will be fighting on all three fronts for a large portion of the season. Consistent performances and commitment to fitness are key, taking the full three points where the opportunity grants itself if key. It all starts here for Lazio; this first performance should be one to remember and one to build a positive season around. Now is the time!

Forza Lazio!

Author: Michael Petricca
 
 
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