Lazio looks to close the gap at the top this weekend




Lazio will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 when they take on Chievo Verona on Saturday in the Serie A.

Lazio looks to close the gap at the top this weekend

Lazio looks to close the gap at the top this weekend

Lazio were held to 2-2 at struggling Palermo last weekend, slipping to five points behind league leader Juventus. However, the Rome club is full of confidence after a late equalizer saw they draw 1-1 away at Juventus in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals on Tuesday.

Juventus hosts relegation-threatened Genoa, while Napoli – currently level on points with Lazio – visits Parma.

Midfielder AbdoulayKonko has recovered from injury but veteran striker MiroslavKlose remains a doubt. Chievo have won once in their past four games and slipped to a disappointing 12th.

Juventus stretched its lead at the top of the table last weekend after getting back to winning ways against a low on confidence Udinese.

It has been further boosted this week by star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signing a two-year extension to his contract and the confirmation that striker Fernando Llorente will join in the summer on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.

With the Champions League restarting next month, and a last-16 tie against Celtic rangers, Juventus is firmly on course to win an impressive and very much possible treble.

In contrast, Genoa is a club in turmoil and travels to Turin with a new coach, its third of the season.

Genoa sacked Luigi Del Neri and rehired DavideBallardini shortly after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Catania, which left the team in 18th place in Serie A, three points off safety.

It has won just twice in its past 17 matches. On Sunday, Napoli travels to Parma, which is the only club in Serie A yet to lose at home.

Napoli welcomes back captain Paolo Cannavaro for the first time since a six-month ban for failing to report match-fixing was lifted on appeal. The ban – along with a two-point penalty deduction for Napoli, which was also rescinded – was imposed in December.

Inter Milan is four points further back and it hosts Torino, while fifth-placed Fiorentina travels to Catania. AC Milan, nine points off third place, will look to keep alive its hopes of a Champions League berth when it visits Atalanta.

Also on Sunday, it’s: Bologna vs Roma; Cagliari vs. Palermo; Sampdoria vs. Pescara; and Udinese vs. Siena.

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