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well here's the weekly match thread.
 

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... and it's improving by the minute....
 

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I suppose it would be a good idea to say something about the match.
 

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this is exactly what we need to keep this forum going... serious threads about our upcoming matches... I'm glad to see that we have some interesting to say again... it's not that bad after all... :D
 

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well, back to the boring old match thread.

There's no reason why we can't beat Lazio this week. I have never thought there was too much wrong with the talent on this team except that they don't believe in themselves and have no indication that the management believe in them either. Lazio will be playing hard in order to get closer to that CL spot, but that's when Fio has performed well, against better teams. If we can hold Rome 2-2, why not believe a win here is possible?
 

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Sorry, Humbird, I have to disagree.

Fiorentina is a demoralized team. They have scored one goal in the last five games. They are relegated and have nothing to play for - not even pride. Lazio, by contrast is fighting for a UEFA cup spot. They have one loss in their last 8 games, and in the four games since their loss to Roma they have given up only 2 goals.

A win for the viola would be a major upset.

Now about this thread thing. Do you think we could use it to tie up VCG and dump him in the Arno?

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I think we actually agree, Jeff. They are demoralized, but have the talent to win. They just have to use that talent.

as for the thread, I think a good heavy rope attached to a cement block would be appropriate for VCG.
 

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Carl, we can always count on you to be a ray of sunshine to brighten up our dismal days.
 

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Serie A Preview: Fiorentina-Lazio
Fiorentina - Lazio | News Archive

Lazio's winger Lucas Castroman (Allsport)
04/11/2002. Fiorentina-Lazio

AT STAKE

Lazio shoot for the fifth positive result in a row when they visit relegation-bound Fiorentina on Sunday afternoon at the Franchi stadium.

The guests have been looking in a good shape lately, with the exception of the humiliating defeat they suffered four rounds ago in the derby against Roma. Quite unexpectedly, the Biancocelesti still have a slight chance to reach the fourth place, and subsequently a spot in next season's Champions League. However, in order to do that Zaccheroni's men must win all of their four matches, hoping at the same time that Bologna, Chievo and Milan will stumble.

The first step shouldn't be a very difficult one. Last week's 0-3 thrashing in Piacenza was the 18th defeat of Fiorentina's troubled season: the Viola are not mathematically relegated yet, but realistically not even four wins in as many matches would be enough for them to reach the save. Only one win in the last 16 matches is clear evidence that they have given up: the board is already planning next season's attempt to come back to the top league.

TEAM NEWS

-Fiorentina: a few offensive problems for coach Bianchi. In addition to long-term injured Chiesa, the hosts will miss injured offensive midfielder Morfeo and striker Nuno Gomes. Argentinean Equi Gonzalez will surely pair up Adriano, but Bianchi could choose a more offensive solution, fielding Mijatovic from the starting whistle.

Starting line-up (3-4-1-2): Taglialatela; Tarozzi, Adani, Moretti, Agostini; Di Livio Amaral, Amoroso; Mijatovic; Adriano, Gonzalez.
Bench: Manninger, Torricelli, Cois, Baronio, M.Rossi, Palombo, Ganz.

Injured: Nuno Gomes, Chiesa, Pierini, Morfeo
Suspended: none
Cautioned (one more yellow card to be suspended): Morfeo, Vanoli, Nuno Gomes, Pierini

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-Lazio: the guests will face this key match without two of their brightest stars, injured striker Crespo and suspended skipper Nesta. Furthermore, coach Zaccheroni could have to do without defender Couto, who is suffering from a muscular problem, and keeper Peruzzi, who sprained his left ankle. Simone Inzaghi is expected to be back in the middle of the offensive line.

Probable line-up (4-4-2): Marchegiani; Pancaro, Stam, *****, Favalli; Castroman, Giannichedda, Fiore, Stankovic; S.Inzaghi, Lopez
Bench: Favazza, Colonnese, Poborski, Simeone, Liverani, Mendieta, Evacuo

Injured: Peruzzi, Crespo, Dino Baggio, Couto
Suspended: Nesta
Cautioned (one more yellow card to be suspended): Simone Inzaghi

FORM GUIDE & NUMBERS

Fiorentina last 6 matches: WDDLLL. The signs of life Fiorentina showed some weeks ago are just a distant memory now. The Viola are in a free fall and didn't manage to build on a 3-match positive streak, which included an impressive win in Verona and two straight draws against Udinese and Bologna. In the last three matches Bianchi's men suffered as many defeats, without scoring a goal.

Overall: 5 W – 7 D – 18 L - Average points per match 0.73 – Goals scored/conceded 28-55
At home: 3 W – 6 D – 6 L – Average points per match 1.00 – Goals scored/conceded 15-20

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Lazio last 6 matches: WLDWDW. The tough defeat in the Capital derby against Roma remains Lazio's lone defeat in the last seven matches. The Biancocelesti collected eight points in the last four contests, defeating Udinese and Lecce on their home ground and grabbing a couple of away draws against Brescia and Lecce. Zacccheroni's men have scored at least once in each of their last eight outings.

Overall: 11 W – 11 D – 8 L - Average points per match 1.47 – Goals scored/conceded 40-29
Away: 3 W – 5 D – 7 L – Average points per match 0.93 – Goals scored/conceded 11-17

PLAYERS TO WATCH

-Fiorentina: Di Livio. Watching the old fighter, you will never understand if his team is winning the scudetto or struggling at the bottom of the ranking: he always gives the 100%.

-Lazio: Lucas Castroman. After a difficult first part of the season, the young Argentinan winger looks finally close to his best shape. His energy and determination could be very important for Lazio in these final matches.

SOCCERAGE PREDICTION

Lazio simply must win this one in order to keep on hoping in the fourth place, while Fiorentina are in free fall. On the cards, this is not the most difficult prediction of the season, but even last week's Venezia-Roma was supposed to be…But differently from the already relegated Lagunari, the Viola seem to have stopped fighting, and a healthy Lazio should take profit of that.

Fiorentina 0 Lazio 2
 

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Plan?

HA!
 
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