Tonight’s Udinese-Lazio match is practically a Champions League play-off with Antonio Di Natale facing down Tommaso Rocchi.
The Biancocelesti are still in third place on 55 points, but share it with Napoli and Inter, while the Friulani would make it four teams on the same level if they won this evening.
Lazio have an injury crisis on their hands and are without Hernanes, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Radu, Senad Lulic, Cristian Brocchi, Marius Stankevicius, Stephen Makinwa and the suspended Antonio Candreva.
Stefano Mauri is therefore the sole support for lone striker Rocchi.
Udinese also have a few problems, as Emmanuel Badu, Mauricio Isla, Damiano Ferronetti and Pablo Armero are absent, while Antonio Floro Flores sits out a ban.
Dusan Basta and Maurizio Domizzi have both shaken off injuries to be in the starting XI with Under-21 international Diego Fabbrini supporting veteran Di Natale.
Udinese: Handanovic; Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Pinzi, Asamoah, Pasquale, Abdi; Fabbrini; Di Natale
Udinese bench: Padelli, Coda, Pazienza, Pereyra, Fernandes, Torje, Barreto
Lazio: Marchetti; Diakitè, Dias, Biava; Konko, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Matuzalem, Scaloni; Mauri; Rocchi
Lazio bench: Bizzarri, Garrido, Zauri, Cana, Zampa, Alfaro, Kozak