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  03/10/2015: Preview: Lazio - Frosinone
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Hailing from Sora this will be a home and home match this Sunday as Lazio host Frosinone in Rome. The Province against the region, played in the capital of Italy, what better match could there be to tune into this weekend! This is not necessarily a David and Goliath battle as Frosinone are very capable, they picked up there first win last weekend in Serie A against Empoli, thanks to a brace from Dionisi. Frosinone have also drawn to Juventus this season with a last gasp equalizer to steal a point from the former champions.

Teams that come up from Serie B play hard as a group and nothing matters other than survival, this is the mindset and killer instinct that make them dangerous opponents week in and week out, Lazio simply cannot expect to take the field and have three points handed to them or they will be caught off guard. Lazio sit in 5th in Serie A on 12 points tied with Sassuolo, who they play after the international break. Sassuolo has the advantage thanks to Lazio's spectacular -3 goal differential, nine of their eleven goals against came at the hands of Chievo and Napoli in horrific defeats.

Lazio do appear to have put some consistency together as they have been victorious three times in a row. Their last win in Serie A was a come from behind victory against Hellas, the Parolo set piece goal came late in the match when Lazio were down to ten men thanks to a Mauricio red card. Lazio's last victory came mid-week at home in Rome to St. Etienne in the Europa League. A win it was indeed but somewhat concerning as Lazio always seem to make it. Lazio conceded early, disappeared for large chunks of time and even allowed St. Etienne to score when they were down to ten men, that alone is inexcusable. Three points are always important but Lazio have yet to do so this season in convincing fashion, this really would be nice to see.

Pioli rested several starters against St. Etienne on Thursday and he will field his strongest squad possible against Frosinone. Lazio will still be without Klose and De Vrij due to injury and Mauricio will be unavailable due to both a red card and allowing his broken nose picked up on Thursday to set, he will be fitted for a mask over the break and ready to return for the Sassuolo match. Pioli welcomes both Candreva and Matri back to full fitness for the Frosinone match.

Marchetti will start in goal for Lazio, Berisha looked shaky mid-week, the second goal from St. Etienne was a brilliant lob from Monnet-Paquet but Berisha was caught out in no man's land. In the middle of defence for Lazio we should see Hoedt and Gentiletti start, Hoedt scored a brilliant goal against St. Etienne but he is defensively suspect and is noticeably caught out on several occasions, he needs to settle in and play deep in Lazio defensive zone, pressing forward is what causes him problems. On the left and right hand sides of defence we should see Basta and Radu, Pioli may even opt for Lulic on the left side of defence to fit him in ge squad since Anderson is the man on the left flank. Parolo and captain Biglia will pair once again in the two deep defensive roles in the preferred 4-2-3-1 formation of Pioli, Lazio are most dangerous lined up this way. Out on the flanks it will be Anderson and Candreva on the left and right hand sides, when Lazio's two playmakers shine so does the team. The central play making role behind the lone striker should be Savic, he shows signs of brilliance but needs time to grow and develop comradery with his fellow attackers. Djordjevic should start for Lazio in attack, he was not named to the St. Etienne squad to get some rest for this match. Expect Keita, Matri and Kishna to all pick up minutes in this match.

Lazio need to show that they have a killer instinct. Lazio need to show that they can put an opponent away in a convincing manner. Lazio quite simply need to play for a full ninety minutes. Lazio have a relatively young squad and have worked to integrate some new faces into Piloi's system, it has taking some time but it appears to be coming together. Lazio need the full three points against Frosinone and Lazio need the confidence boost that a win will provide them going into the International break. Expect to see a determined performance from Lazio, nothing else but a win can be accepted.

Forza Lazio!
Author: Michael Petricca
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