Torino is coming to this clash with positive thoughts, as they are currently enjoying a mini-two match positive run, winning their last fixture on the road to Sampdoria with a close 1:2 result.
They conceded first in the 18th, but successfully bounced back and equalized over Singo nine minutes later. The visitors generally appeared much better during the second part and deservedly scored one more time later in the 67th over Praet, demonstrating more than decent offensive capabilities here.
Torino holds 10th spot in the standings, currently having four points less compared to the European-placed Fiorentina.
They will miss injured forward Belotti (9/2), while on international duty remains defensive midfielder Aina (16/0).
Lazio had some problems in their latest Coppa Italia clash at home against underdogs from Udinese but still celebrated in the end after Immobile was able to score the only one in the extra time.
Their latest Serie A performance was more than satisfying, as they convincingly outplayed Salernitana on the road with a 0:3 result, keeping their hopes for the European exit still alive, as they are now six points in deficit compared to the fifth-placed Juventus.
Defender Acerbi (18/3) misses out, as well as midfielders Akpa Akpro (8/0) and Pedro (22/7), while forward Anderson (3/0), midfielder Basic (14/0), and defender Radu (5/0) remain doubtful.
Fiorentina made quite an appearance last time out in Copa Italia when they won over favorites from Napoli and booked their ticket for the next phase of the competition.
In a pretty dynamic clash, in which we have seen it all from goals to rough behavior, the Violas gained a slight advantage at the end. In the regular part, the result was 2:2, as the guests, unfortunately, conceded an equalizer just before the full-time whistle.
Still, they entered an extra time with a numerical advantage on the field, as they had ten players on their disposal compared to Napoli which had nine, and used it in the best way possible, scoring as many as three in the continuation providing their fans with many reasons to celebrate.
In Serie A campaign, Fiorentina holds the 7th spot in the rankings, having three points less than European-placed Lazio.
Defensive midfielder Amrabat (11/0) is on international duty, while injured remain central defender Quarta (14/1) and midfielder Benassi (6/0), with forward Sottil (13/2) being doubtful.
Sampdoria suffered an expected loss in their last trip to Napoli when they were outplayed by their hosts with a close 1:0 result.
They were completely pushed back from the start and conceded the only one in this clash over Petagna back in the 43rd, definitely been lucky to a certain degree, as their defeat could potentially be much more convincing.
Sampdoria is positioned at the 15th spot in the Serie A standings, having four points more than relegation-placed Cagliari.
Goalkeeper Audero (20/0) is out injured now, as they also miss defender Colley (18/0). Midfielder Damsgaard (7/0), forward Verre (11/0), and defender Yoshida (18/2) are doubtful.
Lazio looked like quite a strong team on the road to Venezia last time out before the little break, as they overpowered the hosts with a 1:3 result.
They didn’t need much in order to score, taking the lead via Pedro but really stepped up in the second and did what was needed to secure the victory thanks to goals from Acerbi in 48th and Alberto late into the added time, while they didn’t allow much space to Venezia in the second.
This was their second consecutive victory, as they now still stand outside of the European zone, having a point less than sixth-placed Roma.
The hosts have defender Luiz Felipe (16/0), Acerbi (17/3) and midfielder Basic (13/0) doubtful for the moment. Midfielder Akpa Akpro (8/0) is away on international duty.
Verona failed to be more competitive last time out away against Torino when they come with a narrow 1:0 defeat.
They were left with a player less on the field since the 25th and conceded the only one in this clash over Pobega only a minute later, unfortunately, not being able to respond accordingly, even though they looked a bit more dangerous during the second, despite their handicap.
Verona is at 13th position on the table, currently being eight points in deficit compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash.
They will miss injured defenders Dawidowicz (15/0) and Frabotta (who didn’t play yet), plus forward Kalinic (9/3). Defender Gunter (13/0) is doubtful with a calf problem.
Atalanta was successful in their last away Serie A clash against underdogs from Verona when they appeared slightly more creative and recorded a 1:2 victory.
They conceded first in the 22nd, but yet again showed their enviable persistency and equalized over Miranchuk in the late phase of the first part. The guests performed with more aggression in the continuation, adding one more to the scoreline later in the 62nd over Koopmeiners, and deservedly celebrated in this encounter.
Atalanta is currently at the 3rd spot in the overall standings, only three points in deficit compared to the leaders from Inter.
Left midfielder Gosens (6/1) remains out injured for the home side.
Lazio is coming to this clash after a narrow 2:1 defeat in their last fixture on the road to Sassuolo, overly looking, being outplayed in almost every aspect in this one.
They opened the match perfectly, as they scored early in the 6th over Zaccagni, but as mentioned, were not appearing that confident, leaving the hosts to dictate the rhythm here. Not surprisingly, the Romans conceded two goals later in the 63rd and 69th simply appearing too passive for a better result.
Lazio is currently at 9th spot in the Serie A rankings, three points in deficit compared to the European-placed Roma.
Midfielder Pedro (17/5) is doubtful with an injury problem, while Milinkovic-Savic (16/5) comes back from the suspension.
Leverkusen made quite an appearance in their last away clash against Leipzig when they performed more than decent and recorded a 1:3 victory.
They scored two during the first part over Wirtz and Diaby, and even though the home side spiced this one a bit when they reduced in the 62nd, the visitors proved to be lethal in the front, as they managed to be effective one more time over Frimpong only two minutes later and deservedly celebrated in this clash.
Leverkusen is at 3rd place in the rankings, seven points in deficit compared to the leaders from Munich.
Left defender Bakker (9/1) is out injured, as well as defensive midfielder Baumgartlinger (2/0). Right-back Fosu-Mensah (no performance this season) and forward Alario (7/0) are uncertain for now.
Lazio suffered a pretty demoralizing defeat last time out on the road against Napoli when they were completely crushed with a 4:0 result.
They were in a subordinate position from the start, conceding as many as three after the first forty-five minutes. A similar play was seen in the continuation, as the Romans simply had no solutions for the home side, that managed to score one more time later on in the 85th and deservedly took all three in this highly anticipated clash.
Lazio occupies the 8th spot in the Serie A standings, having three points less than European-placed Fiorentina.
Defender Luiz Felipe (12/0) is suspended, while midfielder Marusic (11/0) was tested positive recently