ROME: Lazio will be looking to maintain a stunning start to the season that has left them leading Milan neighbours Inter and AC by two points against Cagliari on Sunday (today).
The Rome club have five wins and just one defeat from seven games, but Sunday’s clash against the Sardinians is a must-win fixture if they are to maintain hopes of finishing among the Champions League places in May.
Lazio’s urgency for a win is all the more pressing as both Milan clubs face theoretically more difficult opponents, Inter hosting Sampdoria and Italy playmaker Antonio Cassano on Sunday and Milan travelling to Napoli for the game of the weekend on Monday.
The rumour is that Milan will give Ronaldinho a break, the Brazilian apparently tired after his early season exertions. Napoli, who faced Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday, have a high-powered attack with Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.
Champions Inter come a cropper at home to unpredictable Sampdoria. Inter will be without midfielder Dejan Stankovic while forward Diego Milito is out for potentially for several more weeks.
AS Roma will try to bounce back from their shock 3-1 home defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday as they play away to Parma, while fifth-placed Juventus, improving markedly, visit strugglers Bologna on Sunday.