Lazio will be aiming to close the gap to Fiorentina when they face each other in a Serie A match on Monday.
After their recent 3-1 defeat against Feyenoord in the Champions League, Maurizio Sarri’s side need to gain some consistency in Serie A.
They won their last game against Sassuolo, but they are yet to hit top form this season.
Meanwhile, Fiorentina has started the 2023-24 campaign brightly and has marked themselves out as top-four contenders.
They have won eight of their last 13 league matches, which is impressive.
After a disappointing loss against Empoli, they bounced back by hammering Cukaricki in the Europa Conference League.
Lazio has been vulnerable away from home, but they have recently won both of their two most recent league fixtures at Stadio Olimpico, giving them an edge over Fiorentina.
However, Fiorentina has a four-point lead over Lazio and could prove to be a tough challenge on Monday.
Lazio’s only injury absentee is Nicolo Casale, while Manuel Lazzari and Taty Castellanos could be called upon for squad rotation.
Luis Alberto will be looking to start against one of his favorite opponents.
Fiorentina will have senior players Nikola Milenkovic, Giacomo Bonaventura, and Nico Gonzalez returning to the starting XI.
Michael Kayode is injured, and Dodo is out long-term, leaving Italiano with a dilemma at right-back.
Lazzari, Patric, Romagnoli, Marusic;
Guendouzi, Rovella, Alberto;
Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni.
Comuzzo, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi;
Gonzalez, Bonaventura, Brekalo;
Home advantage could be the deciding factor in the match, as Lazio tends to thrive at Stadio Olimpico, while Fiorentina has struggled in recent years.
However, Fiorentina’s good form this season means they cannot be underestimated.
- We predict a 2-1 win for Lazio.