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Jan 6, 2021 at 2pm UK at Stadio Olimpico
LazioLazio
2-1
FiorentinaFiorentina
Caicedo (6'), Immobile (75')
Felipe (43'), Escalante (45'), Hoedt (87')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Vlahovic (88' pen.)
Castrovilli (82')

Preview: Lazio vs. Fiorentina - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Serie A clash between Lazio and Fiorentina, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Lazio head into their Serie A encounter with Fiorentina on Wednesday afternoon hoping to get back to winning ways in what has been a below-par 2020-21 campaign so far.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina were unable to build on their impressive away victory against Juventus as they could only draw at home to Bologna last weekend.


Match preview

Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi pictured on November 4, 2020© Reuters

Lazio were left frustrated once again last weekend as they could only draw 1-1 away at Genoa.

I Biancocelesti opened the scoring through none other than striker Ciro Immobile when he dispatched his spot kick in the 15th minute, but Mattia Destro's second half strike proved to be enough to secure a point for Genoa despite the home side dominating for much of the match.

Simone Inzaghi's side have now won just once in their last five league games and sit ninth in Serie A, eight points behind rivals Roma in fourth place.

Lazio have a good record against Fiorentina, as they are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with them, winning both of their two encounters in the 2019-20 season by a 2-1 scoreline.

Inzaghi will be keen for his side to head into the derby match with Roma in under two weeks' time with good form under their belts by securing three points against two more struggling sides in La Viola and then Parma, who they face next week.

Victory in midweek would be Lazio's seventh of the season and could see them move up to eighth, one point off the European places.

Cesare Prandelli, now in charge of Fiorentina, pictured in April 2019© Reuters

Fiorentina drew their sixth Serie A match of the season and their third in four games as they played out a drab 0-0 draw at home to Bologna last weekend, failing to have a single shot on target.

Only Juventus and Parma have drawn more matches than La Viola, who have struggled to secure three points in games throughout the 2020-21 campaign.

Their surprise victory against Juve before Christmas is their only league victory in their last nine matches – only the bottom five in the table have won fewer matches so far this season.

Manager Cesare Prandelli, who is currently in his second spell in charge of the club, is keen for his side to learn from their impressive win in Turin and hopes that it can give them confidence to move away from danger and move further up the table.

Claiming three points on Wednesday could see Fiorentina move into the top half of the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Lazio Serie A form: WLDWLD
Lazio form (all competitions): DLDWLD

Fiorentina Serie A form: DLDDWD


Team News

Lazio players celebrate Ciro Immobile's goal against Borussia Dortmund in October 2020© Reuters

Lazio forward Joaquin Correa is ruled out with a calf injury, while midfielder Marco Parolo (ankle) and wing-back Mohamed Fares (hip) are also unavailable.

Midfielder Lucas Leiva is suspended for Wednesday's match after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Genoa. Gonzalo Escalante is likely to start as a result.

Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli has no injury concerns heading into their clash with Lazio and is unlikely to make many changes to his side.

Left-back Cristiano Biraghi is back from suspension and is set to start ahead of Lorenzo Venuti, who played in the last match against Genoa.

Lazio possible starting lineup:
Reina; Filipe, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Escalante, Alberto, Marusic; Muriqi, Immobile

Fiorentina possible starting lineup:
Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Igor; Caceres, Amrabat, Bonaventura, Castrovilli, Barreca; Vlahovic, Ribery


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We say: Lazio 2-1 Fiorentina

Both sides are in need of a victory which they hope will signal the start of a run of good results to move them higher up the table. Lazio, who will go into Wednesday's fixture as the favourites, should have enough quality in the final third to edge past Fiorentina.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CInter Milan38287389355491
2AC Milan38247774413379
3Atalanta BCAtalanta38239690474378
4Juventus38239677383978
5Napoli38245986414577
6Lazio38215126155668
7Roma381881268581062
8SassuoloSassuolo381711106456862
9Sampdoria38157165254-252
10Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381112154648-245
11Genoa381012164758-1142
12Bologna381011175165-1441
13Fiorentina38913164759-1240
14Udinese381010184258-1640
15SpeziaSpezia38912175272-2039
16CagliariCagliari38910194359-1637
17Torino38716155069-1937
RBeneventoBenevento38712194075-3533
RCrotone3865274592-4723
RParma38311243983-4420

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