Lazio takes on Udinese this Sunday in Rome, at 12:30pm. Following the difficult last second defeat to Juventus last week, Sunday’s match represents an important opportunity for Lazio to regain their momentum. Udinese are a good team, and have been playing well since their slow start to the season, but Lazio are more than capable of beating them at home. The biggest concern will be keeping an eye on Di Natale, who has regained his goal scoring touch recently, and the dangerous Sanchez in midfield.
Lazio’s starting eleven will look slightly different than it has in recent matches, with three key players unavailable: Radu, Floccari and Brocchi. Radu is still recovering from last week’s knee operation, and is expected to be out until early January. Floccari’s ankle, strangely injured in a charity basketball match, has not healed in time (he is supposedly still using a crutch to walk), and Brocchi is suspended after picking up a yellow card against Juventus. Biava is expected to be fit for the match, but Diakite is ready to replace him if necessary.
These absences mean Cavanda will likely make another start at left back, Matuzalem and Ledesma will play in midfield together, and Rocchi will replace Floccari up front. Hardly a bad lineup, but Reja told the Corriere Dello Sport, “The match against Udinese is our first of the year in an emergency situation, even if I think Biava will be back.”