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Lazio vs Torino Preview, Team News and Match Report: Serie A


Aug-19 12:46 first published at 12:46 PM

Lazio will be looking to build on their early success with a win over Ivan Juric’s Torino. Both teams won their season openers by a score of 2-1 last week, but in very different ways. Lazio had to fight tooth and nail against Bologna, with a late Ciro Immobile winner guiding the team to victory, while Torino dominated Monza, holding a 2-0 lead until the 94th minute, when Dany Mota netted a consolation goal. Winning difficult away matches like this is crucial for Maurizio Sarri and his squad as they aim to finish in the top four this season, whereas an impressive home result against a top side would be the ideal way for Juric to keep Torino’s confidence sky high, setting up a tense affair. Both meetings last season were tense and ended in a 1-1 tie. Torino vs. Lazio kicks off at 18.30 p.m. local time at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin. Torino vs. Lazio: Team Updates Both David Zima and new signing Aleksei Miranchuk are out with injuries, so Juric will be without both players for the match. Sasa Lukic has returned to the squad after being left out of the match against Monza; the 26-year-old had some disagreements with the club, but the Torino coach has stated that he is willing to “forgive him.” Maurizio Sarri expects veteran winger Pedro to be available again following his recent ankle injury, though the 2010 World Cup winner is unlikely to start. Nicolo Casale could make his Lazio debut, but Patric appears to be the favorite for the time being. Luis Maximiano was sent off in the season opener against Bologna and is now suspended. He’ll be back in the lineup next week because his suspension is only for one game. Starting lineups are expected. Juric’s main two concerns revolve around the left side of his midfield, with Ola Aina and Mergim Vojvoda vying for one starting spot and Lukic and Karol Linetty vying for the other. Sarri appears to have a few more unknowns heading into the game; Patric or Casale could start alongside Alessio Romagnoli, Marcos Antonio could make his debut in place of Danilo Cataldi, and Luis Alberto could replace Toma Basic. Torino: Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Buongiorno, Rodriguez; Singo, Ricci, Lukic, Aina; Vlasic, Radonjic; Sanabria. Provedel; Lazzari, Patric, Romagnoli, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni; Lazio (4-3-3):

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