Empoli vs Lazio by JerryDrake

In his last press conference yesterday, Empoli coach Sarri complained that the pitch of Castellani Stadium is in bad condition. This can be a decisive element for this match as Empoli base their play on the ball possession and fast pace. As a Empoli online newspaper stated, this pitch disadvantages teams with less physical strength.


As you already saw in the first 10 rounds, Lazio are stronger this year. The defense is getting more and more solid while the attack already guaranteed 20 goals, the best attack in Serie A, with Djordjevic, Klose, Mauri and Candreva as top scorers of the team.


Another important element that seems to have changed Lazio this season. As Tavecchio has been elected president of the Italian Football Federation, his friend Lotito (president of Lazio) has gained more influence in Italian football, confirmed by the fact that you can see him around at every training session and every match of the Italian national team. This has psychological effects on the Lazio team. Lazio aim to be one of the top teams in Italy in the next years.


Empoli lost already 3 out of their 5 home games and lost three in a row included the away match with Sassuolo. Lazio are undefeated in the last 6, with 5 victories and 1 draw. At the end of this matchday we could see these four teams at the top of the table: Juventus, Roma, Lazio and Napoli.


Empoli are without Tonelli (important defender: 9 games and 3 goals) and midfield player Verdi (8/0). Lazio miss goalkeeper Marchetti (7 app.), defenders Radu (4/0) and Basta (3/0), striker Keita (3/0). Also Miroslav Klose is doubt (8/3, 294 minutes played) but Serbian striker Filip Djordjevic (10/5, 694 minutes played) is much more than a good substitute.


Last Thursday Lazio trainer Pioli and his team had a dinner at a restaurant in Rome. In that occasion all of the players have made a pact for the achievement of the Champions League. Now they must have enough energy for the bad pitch in Empoli. Score prediction: 0-1


Probable line-ups


Empoli (4-3-1-2): Sepe (Bassi); Laurini, Barba, Rugani, Mario Rui; Vecino, Valdifiori, Croce; Zielinski; Tavano (Pucciarelli), Maccarone. Trainer: Sarri


Lazio (4-3-3): Berisha, Pereirinha (Cavanda), De Vrij, Ciani, Braafheid; Parolo, Biglia, Lulic; Candreva, Djordjevic (Klose), Mauri. Trainer: Pioli


Suspended: Tonelli (Empoli)


Injured: Verdi, Perticone, Guarente (Empoli), Basta, Cataldi, Keita, Gentiletti, Radu, Marchetti (Lazio)


Doubt: Klose (Lazio)


Referee: Mazzoleni (Lazio with him: 9-5-3)


Bet: Lazio, odds: 2.10 Ladbrokes, stake: 8/10pin
Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Lazio Ladbrokes 2.10 8 2-1 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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