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Match Preview: Fiorentina and Lazio in battle for European places

Fiorentina and Lazio will meet on Monday in a match that could have major implications for both teams’ hopes of finishing in the top four of Serie A.

The hosts have had a difficult start to 2024, winning just one of their last seven league games (2d, 4l). They are currently two points behind Lazio in seventh place.

Fiorentina will be without Christian Kouamé for the match, after the Ivorian forward tested positive for malaria. This is a major blow for the Viola, as Kouamé has been one of their most in-form players this season.

The visitors, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Torino on Thursday. That victory moved Lazio to within a point of the top six.

Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri will be hoping his team can build on that result and get a positive result against Fiorentina. However, the Biancocelesti have not had a good record against top-half teams this season, winning just two of their 13 games against sides currently in the top eight (1d, 6l).

Key players to watch:

Andrea Belotti has scored four of his last six goals for Fiorentina after the 60th minute.

Luis Alberto has provided two assists in Lazio’s last two games. He has been involved in eight goals in his last 13 Serie A appearances against Fiorentina (4 goals, 4 assists).

Hot stat:

Both teams have scored in only one of the last six meetings between Fiorentina and Lazio.

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