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Cagliari vs Lazio
Match Date: 04-04-2015
Location: Cagliari
Stadium Sant'Elia
Referee Rocchi
Time 15:00 CET
Lazio return from the International break and head to the Stadio Sant’Elia to take on Cagliari. The reverse fixture of this match in Rome was a high scoring affair that had Lazio victorious by a score of 4-2. This was a match in which Lazio dominated but showed signs of weakness in defence, a late Ederson goal sealed the victory for Lazio. The return of Zemen for Cagliari will inevitably lead the group to a more attacking style of play, the Lazio defence will need to be focused and prepared. Lazio headed into the international break as one of Europe’s most successful club teams with six consecutive victories, their latest scalp came at the hands of Hellas Verona, emerging 2-0 victors. Cagliari on the other hand enter this match coming off yet another loss, this time at the hands of defeat to a slowly resurging AC Milan, by a score of 3-1. Lazio have been in great form and the group appear to be bonding under the reigns of Pioli, the goal at this point is perfectly clear, to come in second place in Serie A. It is actually a privilege to be a Laziali with only ten games remaining in the Serie A Campionato, everything is left to play for and the hunt for Champions league football is unquestionably tense, but attainable.

The field of play for Lazio will yield a very strong starting line-up; expect no changes from the victory against Hellas Verona last time out. Marchetti has been playing extremely well, Conti has recognized this and Pioli will undoubtedly start him in goal on Saturday. Marchetti will be called upon to make a great save, or potentially two, Cagliari will come relentlessly, his competence in net will be tested and I like his resolve and confidence. In the middle of defence for Lazio it will be De Vrij and Mauricio, both have become accustomed to each other. De Vrij is truly an impeccable talent, he has showed his mental fortitude by being able to adapt to Italian football as quickly as he has. On the left and right hand sides of defence for Lazio, we should see both Radu and Basta, two unbelievably talented men that should not be overlooked this season as they are both major contributors to Lazio’s success. Radu is a more conservative left back and Basta likes to move from box to box, they complement each other very well and flank a very solid defensive core for Lazio.

In midfield for Lazio, we will see the regular work horses of Parolo and Biglia; they will play a more defensive role for Lazio and begin their attack from closer to the back line. This is ultimately done to accommodate Mauri, who is more attacking minded; Cataldi may be the odd man out once again but should get some playing time. Mauri will play just in front of Biglia and Parolo, essentially creating a 4-2-3-1 formation for Lazio. To be honest I am not completely certain that this is an actual legitimate formation, it is more a 4-5-1 in my opinion, with the wide outs playing a heavy role on both sides of the field, defensive play for Pioli is sought after and demanded and these wide outs must prove tactically sound on both sides of the ball. With this in mind it will inevitably be Anderson and Candreva for Lazio playing in the wing roles in whatever you want to call this formation.

Heading the multipronged attack for Lazio will be our leading goal scorer, the experienced yet incredibly fit veteran, Miroslav Klose. Miro has been enjoying one of his better campaigns for Lazio this season and cannot be an overlooked component to the teams recent run of form, as he has been an integral part in Lazio’s hunt for European football. Lazio need to continue to show their form and profess to both Roma and Napoli that they are for real. Nothing is a given in Serie A but we should expect to see a well-rested and well trained Lazio on Saturday. Lazio cannot afford to look ahead to the Napoli tie away in the semi-final fixture of the Coppa Italia, if their mindset and determination is right, we can hope to add three more points to the table.

Forza Lazio!

Writer: Michael Petricca
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