“I am proud. We managed to beat a good team with excellent players who have caught the eye of some big clubs”
Despite being bottom of the table and bankrupt The Ducali have put in a string of fine results in recent weeks, including victories over Juventus and Palermo, as well as coming away from the San Siro with a point against Roberto Mancini’s Inter.
Donadoni will have to do without defenders Andrea Costa and Zouhair Feddal both of whom miss out due to suspension, there is also a doubt over star midfielder Jose Mauri.
Lazio who sit second in the league will be hoping to stretch the one point gap over city rivals Roma with victory over The Ducali. Ex Parma boss Stefano Pioli will be hoping to get one over his former employers and home town club after Sunday’s frustrating draw to visiting Chievo.
Lazio’s defensive rock Stefan De Vrij is the most notable absentee in l’ Biancocelesti’s ranks, having lost just four goals since February, three have been when the Dutch man has been on the sidelines. Pioli’s will also be unable to call up on another former Parma old boy in Marco Parolo as well as Lucas Biglia.
Lazio had to come from behind the last time these two sides met back in December, with the visitors scraping by with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Stefano Mauri and Felipe Anderson, after Raffaele Palladino had given the hosts the lead.
With Parma’s future still up in the air and relegation all but certain it may be the last time we see this fixture for quite some time, however with The Ducali’s impressive recent form and Lazio looking to cement second place this could be one to remember for some time.
Lazio – Marchetti, Basta, Novaretti, Mauricio, Radu, Cataldi, Ledesma, Lulic, Candreva, Keita, Felipe Anderson
Parma – Mirante, Santacroce, Lucarelli, Gobbi, Cassani, Lila, Jorquera, Nocerino, Varela, Belfodil, Ghezzal.
By Giovanni Dougall