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Frosinone vs Lazio Preview: Team news, stats and prediction

Frosinone will start a matchday in the relegation zone for the first time this season in Serie A, but they are only one point behind the first non-relegation place.

This is a reflection of their poor form in recent weeks, with only six points in the league since the beginning of December (1W, 3D, 11L).

The Canaries have defensive problems in particular, as they have the second-worst defense in the league, with an average of just over two goals conceded per game.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s men feel much more comfortable at home, having won 21 of their 24 league points at the Benito Stirpe stadium.

However, these figures mask the fact that the hosts have lost four of their last six league games at home (1W, 1D), although three of those defeats were against teams in the current top five.

Their only consolation is that they are facing Lazio, a team that has been in turmoil since the resignation of coach Maurizio Sarri following a fifth defeat in six games (1W), which included elimination from the Champions League.

Assistant coach Giovanni Martusciello has been appointed to save the season, but the team is seven points off the top six in the league and last season’s second-place finish (their best since 1999/2000) is already a distant memory.

However, this game seems like the perfect opportunity to bounce back, as Lazio have never lost to Frosinone in any competition (4W, 1D) and have only conceded one goal, in the first leg (3-1) this season.

Despite their general difficulties, the Biancocelesti have traveled well recently, with four wins in six away games in the league (2D).

Three of those wins have seen the Biancocelesti score before the 30th minute, and another early goal could ease the nerves of the team’s new coach.

Key Players: Matías Soulé had the distinction of scoring Frosinone’s only goal against Lazio in the first leg and has scored three goals at home in the league since then. Luis Alberto missed the first leg through injury but contributed to both Lazio’s goals (1G, 1A) in the two 1-0 wins in this fixture last season.

Hot stat: There was a 0-0 draw at half-time in four of the last five clashes in the top flight.

Prediction:

This is a tough game to call, but I think Lazio will just edge it. They have a better record against Frosinone and have been in better form recently. I predict a 2-1 win for Lazio.

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