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  21/10/2015: Preview: Lazio - Rosenborg
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Lazio return home to Rome on Thursday to host Rosenborg in their next Europa League fixture. Lazio are ravaged with injuries at the moment and will still be without Parolo, Biglia and Djordjevic. Lazio are coming off a disappointing loss to Sassuolo this past weekend by a score of 2-1, a controversial early penalty awarded to Sassuolo changed the course of the game and Lazio were forced to chase it for close to 90 minutes. Rosenborg sit top of the Norwegian league and are coming off a 1-1 draw to Bodo this past weekend. Group G in the Europa League is well balanced, Lazio sit top of the group tied with Dnipro on four points, St. Etienne and Rosenborg are both tied on one point.

Due to the injury concerns at Lazio we should see several new faces in the starting line-up, especially due to the fact that the games are coming quick between now and the next international break. Berisha may play in goal for Lazio to give Marchetti some rest. In the middle of the defense Hoedt should start, it is uncertain if he will do so with either Mauricio or Gentiletti. Look for Pioli to give some rest to both Lulic and Basta on the right and left hand sides of defense, Konko should start on the right and Radu on the left, provided he is up to full fitness.

In midfield for Lazio, we should see Onazi and Cataldi once again. Perhaps in front of them is where we may potentially see some new faces in the three higher playing midfield roles. Kishna should feature in this match on the left-side; this will allow Anderson to pick up some rest. It is unsure who Pioli may tip his hand to in the middle role behind the lone striker, Savic, Mauri and Morrison all prefer this role and are fit and more than capable, time will tell. On the right flank it should be Candreva but it is possible Pioli may choose to give him some rest as well; this would open up a spot for one of the aforementioned. Matri has not featured in quite some time and he should be given an opportunity, Keita looks to have picked up an injury to his knee and he will be unavailable pending further tests. If Matri does start both he and Klose should pick up good chunks of playing time in this match.

This will be a match that Lazio must enter with a clear mind; they must put the loss to Sassuolo behind them and not take Rosenborg for granted. Lazio played well against Sassuolo and were unlucky, despite the abominable penalty call early in the match Lazio dominated and were down 2-0 by virtue of pushing forward searching for the equalizer, they worked through to the end of the match and Anderson was able to find the net thanks to the hard work of Keita. Even with all of the injury concerns Lazio were able to put in a solid performance and the large margin losses previously occurred this season look to be ancient history. Lazio are a young squad but one with quality players that are built to be deep enough to emerge victorious against Rosenborg, regardless of the constant changes in the starting eleven personnel. Lazio rebound and put in a strong performance at home against Rosenborg
Forza Lazio!

Author: Michael Petricca
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