Table Position: Third
Other Competitions: Coppa Italia, Europa League
The biancocelesti looked to be the top choice to take down Juventus before Napoli won the appeal of the two-point penalty that they had incurred as a result of the ongoing calcioscommesse match-fixing investigations. Now in third, they're still a potent club that has an outside shot at wearing the scudetto on their shirts next season.
Lazio's roster is solid all around. With captain Stefano Mauri and stellar Brazilian Hernanes excelling in midfield and German legend Miroslav Klose leading the forward line, Lazio have bulled their way into the Coppa Italia final and a win in their group in the Europa League.
Still, there are weaknesses in this capitol club. The team has struggled mightily on the road, compiling a pedestrian 4-3-4 (W-D-L) record and a minus-two goal difference on their travels as compared to their 9-1-2 record and plus-nine goal difference when playing at the Stadio Olimpico.
Fortunately for Lazio, they have important matches against Napoli, Fiorentina, and Juventus at home coming up, although they will play both Milan teams at San Siro. But that may not be a saving grace—counting among the teams that have taken them down on the road this year are relegation strugglers Genoa and mid-table squad Catania.
Lazio have the fewest goals (34) of any of the five teams currently in European position and have been outscored by two teams outside the top five as well.
For the last two years the team has been too dependent on Klose for goals, and during periods when he's been hurt the team struggled for goals. Lazio will need a dependable goalscorer if they're going to seriously challenge, now or in the future.
Verdict: Lazio have a full slate of soccer going forward, with the Coppa Italia final and the Europa League to go along with the rest of the season. Italian teams are notorious for treating the Europa League like glorified friendlies, so it may well be that Lazio see an early exit from the knockout stage—especially with a good team like Borussia Monchengladbach facing them in the Round of 32.
Their inconsistent front line is their Achilles' heel, and its unlikely that they overcome their nine-point deficit and overtake Juventus—although they have more than a shot at the Champions League next season.