Lazio will have to stay focused as they travel to Liguria to face a Spezia side circling dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Kick-Off Time, Location & How to Watch
The match between Spezia and Lazio kicks off at 20:45 local time on Friday 13th April at the Stadio Alberto Picco in La Spezia.
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Spezia vs Lazio: Recent History
Things have looked particularly difficult for Spezia since the start of the new year, with the team only managing to pick up two wins in their last 14 Serie A outings, one of which was an unexpected 2-1 victory against Inter.
The Aquilotti now sit 17th in the Serie A table with 26 points, just four ahead of relegation candidates Hellas Verona, putting the pressure on for the final nine games of the season.
At the other end of the table, Lazio’s impressive win over Juventus last weekend further tightened their grip on second in the table, putting them five points ahead of third place Roma. The end is now in sight for Maurizio Sarri’s side, but they cannot afford to lose focus as they fight for a Champions League spot.
The Biancocelesti have lost just once in their last 13 league games, and they’ll be hungry to maintain this level in order to take a decisive step forward.
Spezia vs Lazio: Team News
Spezia have a number of absences heading into their clash with Lazio, unable to count on Emil Holm, Julius Beck, Joao Moutinho and Szymon Zurkowski, all of whom are out injured. Simone Bastoni is also unavailable through suspension.
Maurizio Sarri has a fully fit Lazio squad available to him for the trip to Spezia, giving him options across the pitch.
Expected Starting Lineups
Daniele Verde and Eldor Shomurodov are both expected to be left on the bench for Spezia, with the forward line being formed by Daniel Maldini, M’Bala Nzola and Emmanuel Gyasi. Mattia Caldara and Kevin Agudelo are both set to return to the starting lineup.
Elseid Hysaj is set to start over Manuel Lazzari on the right side of the defence, with Adam Marusic playing on the left side. Ciro Immobile should start upfront, with Mattia Zaccagni and Felipe Anderson at his side.
Spezia (4-3-3): Dragowski; Amian, Ampadu, Nikolaou, Reca; Ekdal, Bourabia, Agudelo; Gyasi, Nzola, Maldini.
Lazio (4-3-3): Provedel; Hysaj, Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni.