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Matthew Coccoluto On November - 26 - 2011

Serie A Week 12 Preview: Lazio vs Juventus

Two title contenders will be squaring off this Saturday in Rome as Juventus travel to Lazio. The two clubs are currently sitting at the top of the table with 22 points a side, and they are arguably the two most in form clubs at the moment in Serie A. Coming into this match, Juventus are the only unbeaten side in Italy with 6 wins and 4 draws. Lazio have the same record with the inclusion of one loss, a 2-1 defeat to Genoa in only their second game of the season. Goals may be at a shortage in this match as Lazio have only score 5 goals at home this season as opposed to the 11 the Biancocelesti have netted away from home. Juventus have been somewhat the opposite only scoring 4 goals outside of Torino. The Bianconeri have been very tight on defense when traveling, allowing only two goals on the road, so expect a tightly contested match between the two sides.

Lazio are coming off of a 0-0 draw with Napoli and are plagued by a number of serious injuries, including Stefano Mauri and Andre Dias. The obvious man to watch for Juve will be German striker Miroslav Klose. The striker returns to action after missing last weeks match with Napoli. He will hope to continue his rejuvenation under Lazio as he is currently sitting fourth amongst goal scorers this season with 6 goals after 11 games. Another player to watch is Lazio goalkeeper Federicco Marchetti, who had an amazing game last week to keep a cleansheet against Napoli. Marchetti may be best remembered for replacing an injured Gigi Buffon in South Africa for the Azzurri in the disaterous 2010 World Cup.

Juventus are coming off of one of their better performances last week when the Bianconeri thumped Palermo 3-0 at home. Juventus have had a lot of success against Lazio over the past few years, unbeaten in their last 13 matches. This will surely be a big game for Stephan Lichtsteiner, who joined Juventus from Lazio during the summer transfer window. He has been a regular fixture for Antonio Conte as the Swiss defender plays a vital role in the attack coming up the wing and setting up the forwards. It was announced that Andrea Pirlo will be traveling to the Italian capital. It was stated earlier this week that the midfielder had picked up a slight injury in training and would possibly miss the match, but those fears have been put to rest. It does remain a concern as to see how the injury might affect the playmaker and the amount of time he will be on the field.

Probable Starting XI

By now Conte has found his formation and barring any injuries he will stick with it.

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Prilo, Marchisio, Vidal; Vucinic, Matri, Pepe

Edy Reja will probably start a similar lineup to last week with the inclusion of Klose. Even though Djibil Cisse has struggled to score this season, still expect Reja to start him with Klose

Lazio: Marchetti; Konko, Diakite, Biava, Radu; Brocchi, Ledesma, Lulic; Hernanes; Cisse, Klose

Matthew Coccoluto

Originally from Boston now in LA. I work in production but football is my passion. I bleed black and white. Proud member of the Juventus Fan Club of Southern California. Forza Juve, Sempre Sara.

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  • Anton

    I would really like to see krasic and elia feature more. They were two signings i was really excited about at the time, and krasic even had a good season last time out. vucinic has yet to convince me, and for some reason I dont see matri as a top player yet either. His record is decent, but he just seems like a mid level player on a lucky run. I hope I am wrong about him.

    And I know its against the usual juve mould, but i would like to try matri + Quag up front together. I know they are supposed to play the same role, with del P or vucinic/pepe in support but it could be a great strike partnership if they gave it a shot.

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