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Empoli vs Lazio
Match Date: 09-11-2014
Location: Empoli
Stadium Carlo Castellani
Referee Mazzoleni
Time 15:00 CET

After returning to Serie A Empoli will now welcome Lazio with some good thoughts because the last time when these two teams men Empoli won 1-0 in 2008. Surely the visiting team is the one that you can bet your money one based on Lazio’s good form and better quality in the team but Serie A has showed all of its fans that anything can happen this season.

Empoli take on an in form Lazio in an important game for both clubs. After the home team made a few good games in a row and it looked like they might be one of the teams that could survive this season they are now on the other side with three consecutive lost matches.

Both teams are in different phases of their campaign. Empoli are struggling to win points while Lazio are in quite good form and have won five from their last six games in Serie A. Another interesting thing is that Pioli’s men have scored at least two goals in five of their last six fixtures which surely means that an interesting and most probably high scoring game is on the horizon.

Both sides would need a win because the home team needs to find its good form and start winning valuable points so that their hopes for survival stay alive while the visiting team will want to keep the run going and to be in a great starting point for their next game which is against the current champions Juventus.

Even though a quarter of the season has only passed points are quite valuable and teams need everything they can get from their games so that they can keep on chasing their targets. One more interesting thing that might turn the game around is that in the last six games between Empoli and Lazio we have seen five red cards.

Lazio will most probably rely on Candreva to make some good runs down the flank and probably bag an assist or two. Another important asset in Pioli’s tactics will be the duo between Biglia and Parolo in midfield. They are playing better and better every week and now the expectations from the fans are even higher. The biggest question for Pioli will probably be who should start in attack – Djordjevic who has 5 goals this season and it Lazio’s top goalscorer or Klose who bagged two goals in the last game against Cagliari.

Empoli’s highest rated player for now is their central defender Tonelli who also has three goals this season. He and Pucciarelli are the top scorers of the club. Valdifiori is also a player who should be watched carefully because he has three assists this season and is a key player in midfield for his team.

The odds are in Lazio’s favour, the form is in Lazio’s favour, history is in Lazio’s favour but this is football and anything can happen.

Predicted line-up:

Lazio (4-3-3): Marchetti; Cavanda, De Vrij, Ciani, Braafheid; Biglia, Paroli, Lulic; Candreva, Djordjevic, Mauri

Writer: Martin Meranzov
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