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Fiorentina v. Lazio: Mini Preview

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p4081521_1.jpgTomorrow at the Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina will take on Lazio in a crucial Series A clash. Fiorentina is coming off a disappointing road loss to Napoli, while Lazio just beat mega-rivals Roma in a classic derby clash.

Unfortunately, this preview will be brief, as we are having a very busy holiday weekend. I may not even be able to catch the match, although I will certainly try. Very briefly, then, here are the things to keep in mind as we look towards the match:

• How will Lazio play after their thrilling win midweek? Will there be a letdown? And will the Viola be able to get back on track at home? The boys have been great when playing in Florence this season.

• These clubs know each other very well. They’ve already played once in the league and two legs in the Italian Cup.

• It looks like the Great Man will start a front line of Mutu, Pazzini and Papa Waigo; the first time we will have seen the three of them together. I, for one, am very much looking forward to it.

• Finally, we all know the position in the table; Fiorentina is four points up on Milan and in 4th place. Three points tomorrow would be very, very helpful, especially after the disappointing loss on Wednesday.

Recent Form (All Competitions)

Fiorentina: W-L-L-W-L

Lazio: W-D-W-D-W

Starting Lineups (AKA The Blind Guess Dept)

Fiorentina: Frey; Ujfalusi, Dainelli, Kroldrup, Pasqual; Montolivo, Donadel, Kuzmanovic; Papa Waigo, Pazzini, Mutu

Lazio: Ballotta; De Silvestri, Siviglia, Cribari, Radu; Dabo, Ledesma, Behrami; Pandev, Bianchi, Rocchi

Prediction

2-1 Fiorentina. Natch.

Really, I am sorry I don’t have more, but Easter Weekend is a busy one around my house. I’ll probably next be back Sunday evening with a recap of the weekend’s activities. Forza Viola and happy holidays to all.