After clearing the floor and wrinkling a miserable Cagliari, Viola heads south for a short break against Lazio. In the previous 159 meetings, the violin has won 52 and 43 and 64, including the last 10 games of the league. This year’s game lost 2-1, which highlighted the inability of the backcourt to mark the spot.

Referee: Giovanni Ayroldi from Molfetta is 30 years old. In 3 Serie A games this year, he has dealt 15 yellow cards and a penalty; he has only managed a dozen top-flight games, but he has shown itchy itching with the reds and PK, so maybe he has flipped a new leaf. It will be his first appointment with Fiorentina.

The match will be played there Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in hours 18:45 GMT / 14:45 EST, At the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The forecast looks pretty good despite today’s drizzle. It should be cool, half cloudy and not too wet. Really, what more could you ask for in a football Wednesday?

With 14 points from 9 games, it looks like Lazio have experienced a slight decline after leaving long-time coach Simone Inzaghi. In the last 5 games of Serie A, they have scored 7 points, but they have looked very erratic: they have won AS Roma and Inter Milan, but lost against Bologna and, more worryingly, they have scored 4 goals against Hellas Verona last time. Giovanni Simeone among all the people, encouraging Aquile to make a short retreat in the last two days.

Coach Maurizio Sarri will have his entire team to choose from with Mattia Zaccagni returning from injury. The real question in the lineup is whether he will use Luis Alberto, who has gone from being an untouchable dependent on Inzaghi to being a rotation of Sarri. Toma Bašić and Danilo Cataldi are likely to start in midfield, but the rest of the XI should be regular starters. Dangerous, as always, is Ciro Immobile, and his 8 goals lead the league.

While Lazio are still adapting to Sarri’s famous sharp system, we know more or less what to expect under his direction: fast vertical combinations with round rotations that overload the opposing defenses. They’re still well-adjusted, indicative of a relatively few shots, but they’re pretty good at keeping the ball fast as a Serie A main passer. They are good at shooting goals, but they don’t like to shoot from a distance, so the key to stopping is to keep the defensive form compact and not be dragged out of position.

With 6 points from the last 5 games, the violins seem to be slowing down a bit. With the next 4 games against Lazio, Juventus and AC Milan, it makes sense to expect them to slow down even more; they will have to get as many points as they can in this stretch if they are too serious to compete for European positions so as not to get into a hole too deep to get out.

Coach Vincenzo Italiano will not have LW Nicolás González (coronavirus), GK Bartłomiej Drągowski (hamstring) or DM Erick Pulgar (knee). The question is who replaces Nico on the wing: Riccardo Saponara has taken the starting position after the destruction of Cagliari, so this decision could put the reliability of José Callejon (?) Against the explosiveness of Riccardo Sottil. Gaetano Castrovilli may start in the middle of the field, but he will probably get out of the chair while he returns to fitness. Anyway, chances are we’ll see rotation all over the pitch, as the Italians love to keep guessing us.

Lazio’s defense has been very good so far. They don’t make a lot of fouls (even though they have given up 3 penalties as league leaders), despite hitting the pitch very high and effectively interrupting their opponents. Defenders are probably the weakest chain in the back foot, so Sottil may be asked to try to get in trouble, but don’t expect too many adjustments in the attack, as Fiorentina will probably try to get past Biancocelesti. they do it with all other opponents.

Marušić or Hysaj, Baśić or Luis Alberto, Anderson or Zaccagni; Igor or Martínez Quarta, Duncan or Castrovilli, Callejón or Sottil
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Hosts are 2: 1 favorites by roughly the majority of betting houses, which makes sense considering their pedigree and place on the board. However, right now the recent retreat and the reflection of Simeon’s light bulbs may be somewhat fragile; after all, this is the 8th worst defense in the department, even though Gonzalez’s absence should have made things a lot easier.

With two teams trying to hold the ball and not being afraid to move the numbers forward, it looks like a high-scoring match. That’s why I call it 2-2: the penalties of Dušan Vlahović and Immobile should leave each other out, and Milinković-Savić and Giacomo Bonaventura add one at a time. It’s going to be a lot of fun, up and down, with a lot of fun moves, so let’s hope Biola hangs out and gets something out of it.

Forza Viola!