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Serie A: Bad boys Lazio emerge from detention for Fiorentina test

There are six intriguing matches from Serie A on Wednesday with champions Inter Milan and the club they usurped Juventus both in action and topping the bill, yet it's Lazio's clash with Fiorentina which will provoke perhaps the most head-scratching.

On the face of it, it promises to be an entertaining affair for 365 Live Streaming viewers between the teams in eighth and seventh with Lazio trailing their guests to the Stadio Olimpico by just a point. Lazio are a 19/20 chance, Fiorentina 11/4 with the draw – something the Viola haven't done all season long incidentally – available at 13/5.

But they come into the game on the back of very different results at the weekend and it's clear which of the two camps is under the most pressure.

Viola hoping to exploit Lazio disarray

Sunday was a bad day for Lazio – a very bad day. Going to Verona and losing is one thing, going to Verona and getting trounced 4-1 is quite another and the players felt the full force of Maurizio Sarri's ire.

Forget a few hours' extra training, Sarri dispatched his entire first-team squad into a week-long training retreat, boot camp for Ciro Immobile and colleagues from which they won't fully emerge until the weekend.

The only time they'll be allowed out of this prolonged detention is for this match and then it's straight back to the naughty chair on the final whistle.

It wasn't just the Verona capitulation that prompted such a hardline response – just a few weeks earlier they had also been battered 3-0 in Bologna. And a few weeks before that they had been held at home 2-2 by bottom club Cagliari.

The irony, of course, is that Sarri's side have also beaten Roma 3-2 and Inter 3-1 over the last month, results which only add to the idea that the former Chelsea coach's charges are far too inconsistent for their own good.

This is all a massive source of frustration for Sarri ahead of his 200th Serie A game as a coach, but music to the ears of Fiorentina opposite number Vincenzo Italiano.

The one big plus for Sarri is that he can reunite his first-choice central defensive pairing with both Francesco Acerbi and Luiz Felipe returning from suspensions.

Fiorentina aim to build on Cagliari success

This should be an entertaining duel since Sarri and Italiano both live and die by an aggressive, front-footed approach.

The upshot is that seven of Lazio's nine games to date and seven of Fiorentina's nine have produced three goals or more – it's 8/11 there are over 2.5 goals tonight and 8/13 both teams to score. Combine the two and you can have 1/1 over 2.5/BTTS.

All Serie A matches are available on 365 Live Streaming and this is one that jumps off the coupon as one to watch.

Fiorentina's form outside Florence has been impressive this term with wins at Atalanta, Genoa and Udinese to their name though their one trip to the capital thus far ended in defeat at Roma. They have also lost on their last four trips to Lazio in league and cup competition.

They were excellent on Sunday making light work of an admittedly limited Cagliari, with Riccardo Saponara starring in a 3-0 win and surely doing enough to retain his place.

The match also featured a stunning free-kick from Dusan Vlahovic, his fifth league goal of the season, and the strapping Serb is 11/2 to score first and 8/5 to score anytime. Lazio's Immobile is 10/3 to score first and 10/11 to net anytime, while Saponara offers interest at 11/4 to score anytime.

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Can Sassuolo stop the Juve tide?

History says Juventus will score two or more goals against Sassuolo in Turin – they've done so in each of the last ten meetings and are 2/5 to score over 1.5 tonight.

The formbook also says that Juventus will win – since their torrid start to term they have taken 13 points from a possible 15 to surge from 14th in Serie A to sixth. All of which explains match odds of 2/5 Juve, 6/1 Sassuolo.

Sassuolo are improving – they head for Juve on the back of a come-from-behind 3-1 success over Venezia – though all their points this season have come against sides in the bottom half of the section.

And it's unlikely that Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri will make a selection blunder similar to the one he made on Sunday when he left both Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala on the bench. It was Dybala who spared the boss's blushes by coming on to grab their late leveller in a 1-1 draw.

Inter's irritation to be tested by resurgent Empoli

On the face of it, this is a no-brainer. Inter did the double over Empoli last season. That made it 14 wins out of 15 against an Empoli side, who last beat Inter in 2006.

Simeone Inzaghi's visitors to the Stadio Carlo Castellani are a 4/9 chance with Empoli 11/2, while the Inter win to nil is 15/8.

Yet there is a growing irritation at the San Siro with Inter having failed to win five of their last seven in all competitions – indeed boss Inzaghi is so irritated that he'll be watching this from the stands courtesy of a red card in the 1-1 draw at home to Juventus on Sunday.

And Empoli, who can count Juve among their four scalps this season, are buzzing after their 4-2 win at Salernitana in which talented youngster Andrea Pinamonti bagged a brace. The 22-year-old is an eye-catching 11/1 to open the scoring.

Elsewhere, Atalanta are 5/6 to win at 3/1 shots Sampdoria, bottom club Cagliari are 9/2 to topple 4/7 Roma while Udinese, now without a win in six after their commendable 1-1 draw at Atalanta, are 13/10 to beat Verona, who can be backed at 21/10.

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