January 19, 2013
Palermo v Lazio: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||0.8|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.4|
|Last 5 home||L-L-W-D-W||W-W-L-W-L|
|Last 5 away||L-L-D-W-L||L-W-D-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Palermo | Lazio|
Vladimir Petkovic knows continuity is the key if his Lazio side are to maintain their title challenge with victory at Palermo tomorrow night.
The Biancocelesti have closed to within three points of Serie A leaders Juventus on the back of four straight wins, with Napoli matching them in joint second place after a two-point deduction was revoked on Thursday.
Victories for Lazio at the Renzo Barbera and for Napoli at Fiorentina, coupled with a home defeat to Udinese for Juve, could see three teams tied for top spot by Sunday afternoon.
Petkovic told Gazzetta.it: "We have always believed in what we are doing but we must continue down the same path.
"We went through a period where we weren't at our best but we did well to make the most of the chances we had to win games.
"Now we need to keep doing well and keep playing like we know we can. We've proved that we can hold our own in every game, but Juve and Napoli are just the same.''
Lazio's last visit to Palermo was one to forget, as five different scorers completed a 5-1 humbling of the capital club last February.
"We haven't conceded many in the last few games, even away from home,'' Petkovic added. "We need to get back to playing our brand of football and dominating our opponents on the road.
"They are not an easy opponent to beat, they're at home and they will want to pick up some points. We will need to give more than 100 per cent.''
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini faces potential losses of 40million euros should his team fail to secure their place in the top flight.
The Rosanero are languishing in 19th place having lost three consecutive games, with a 3-1 home victory over Catania in November the last time Palermo claimed all three points.
That was seven games ago, leading Zamparini to tell La Repubblica: "We are concerned, but still confident, and we are working to improve the squad.
"I'm an optimistic person but if we go down we lose 40million euros.''
Striker Abel Hernandez and defender Andrea Mantovani are long-term injury concerns for the Sicilian side, for whom Edgar Barreto is suspended, while Lazio have concerns over Germany international Miroslav Klose.
The 34-year-old looks less and less likely to feature tomorrow night as he continues to struggle with a muscle strain in his left thigh.