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Feb 11

Brescia vs Lazio: preview

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UPDATE: Regarding the line up, it appears Reja will again drop Zarate and field the following team: Muslera; Licht, Biava, Dias, Scaloni; Matuzalem; Ledesma; Sculli, Hernanes; Gonzales; Kozak

Due to time restraints I was forced to copy the match preview from Football-Italia. Too busy to write one mysels. However, I will update this one tomorrow with the latest news of probable formations and latest from Formello

Battling Brescia could climb out of the drop zone with a win and they’ll fancy their chances against a Lazio side that has struggled since Christmas.

Brescia President Gino Corioni’s re-hiring of Beppe Iachini, the Coach he fired two months ago, was a risky move but one that has paid off handsomely so far. Since Iachini’s return the Rondinelle have stopped high flying Roma in their tracks with a 1-1 draw at the Olimpico, and beaten Bari 2-0 in a relegation six pointer at the Stadio Rigamonti.

That result lifted the Lombardy side eight points clear of bottom club Bari and to within one point of 17th placed Catania. Their success is thanks in part to Iachini’s introduction of an unusual new system, a 3-5-1-1, with Alessandro Diamanti supporting lone striker Eder and top scorer Andrea Caracciolo confined to the bench.

Having seemingly conceded that the Scudetto is beyond them, Lazio’s focus is on holding on to what they’ve got – 4th position. However, the table is so congested that the Aquile are only four points ahead of 8th placed Juventus.

Edy Reja’s men have struggled to recreate their pre-Christmas form, winning just two of the seven League games they’ve played since the season recommenced and suffering elimination from the Coppa Italia at the hands of bitter rivals Roma.

Reja’s fractious relationship with striker Mauro Zarate took another twist this week, when the tactician admitted asking former Biancocelesti boss Delio Rossi’s advice on how to handle the inconsistent Argentine. “I spoke to Rossi and I complimented him on his season with Palermo but I also asked him about Zarate seeing that he got the best out of him two years ago.”

First choice ‘keeper Matteo Sereni, new signing Cristiano Zanetti and defender Simone Dallamano are Brescia’s injury victims.

Lazio’s list includes Sergio Floccari, Stefan Radu, Simone Del Nero, Javier Garrido, Mobido Diakite, Mourad Meghni and Tommaso Rocchi. The trip north will bring back fond memories for Francelino Matuzalem, whose spell with Brescia between 2002 and 2004 made his name, and Libor Kozak, who spent last season on loan there.

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