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  25/10/2015: Preview: Lazio - Torino
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Lazio host Torino at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday evening. Lazio look to continue their string of victories on home turf and put their disappointing away loss to Sassuolo last weekend behind them.

Torino are coming off a strong performance at home to AC Milan that saw them take a point in a 1-1 draw thanks to a Baselli equalizer, what a talent he is. Lazio currently sit in sixth place in the Serie A table on 15 points, one point and one position up on Torino in seventh.

Lazio will once again be forced to play this match with several injury concerns and fatigue also setting in. The Europa League victory over Rosenborg was well deserved but came with extreme exertion as Lazio were forced to play 85 minutes of the match with only ten men, those who featured in the victory logged several miles.

In goal for Lazio, Marchetti should pick up the start, Berisha played well against Rosenborg and his finger tip save early on perhaps saved Lazio, he performed admirably. In the centre of defense for Lazio it should be both Mauricio and Gentiletti, Mauricio is eligible to appear domestically despite his red card against Rosenborg. Hoedt picked up a knock against Rosenborg and he is questionable, thankfully tests have revealed no bone damage. On the left and right hand sides of the defense we should see both Lulic and Basta return, both Radu and Konko performed admirably against Rosenborg.

In midfield it is uncertain how Pioli will field the squad as he is seriously depleted with options. Biglia and Parolo are both still unlikely to feature, Biglia is perhaps closer to 100% fitness but it is unlikely he will be risked given his propensity to further aggravate injuries. With that in mind it is quite possible that Pioli will field a 4-3-3 formation, as Onazi is the only central midfielder available, Cataldi is unavailable for this match due to the red card he picked up against Sassuolo. With this in mind perhaps Lulic moves forward to start on the left side of Onazi in midfield and makes way for Radu and left back. Kishna appears to have recovered and is available; perhaps he starts in the right side of midfield. The center of the park is where this match will be won, Torino line up five men in midfield and Lazio’s wingers will need to track back and work hard defensively.

Up front for Lazio we should see the two flank staples in Anderson and Candreva, both played well against Rosenborg and appear to be developing chemistry with Matri, who should pick up the start in between them. Klose is fit and should pick up some minutes but Keita and Djordjevic are both unavailable due to injury. Savic should also play a role in this match and there may be some minutes for Morrison who is clearly unhappy with his role and playing time at Lazio. The Serie A table is tight; despite dropping points to Sassuolo a win against a tough Torino will propel Lazio back into a European football position. Once again Lazio will seek to overcome adversity and field a squad that is far from their regular starting eleven, their depth is being tested and the group must find a way to deliver a result.
Forza Lazio!
Author: Michael Petricca
 
 
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