Lazio has raised their level this season from aiming for Europa League spots for the past few years to the current contender in Serie A title race. They have been on the positive trend with twenty games unbeaten and managed to topple Inter Milan from the second of the table. They only have one point difference from the defending champions, Juventus. A win is a must for Simone Inzaghi’s men while also hoping that The Old Lady stumbles on the way. This weekend, they will be facing off one of the silent dark horses this season, Bologna.
The Teams’ Previous Matches
Biancocelesete carries on their winning days while visiting Genoa last week. They won 3-2 over the host by Adam Marusic’s, Ciro Immobile’s and Danilo Cataldi’s goals. The host could only score two consolation goals by Francesco Cassata and Domenico Criscito’s penalty.
Meanwhile, Bologna was only able to secure a point last weekend when they were hosting Udinese. They were held 1-1 by the visitor. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men were one goal behind first as Stefano Okaka’s header found the back of the net. Fortunately, Rodrigo Palaciao netted a late equalizer to prevent them from a loss.
Simone Inzaghi has employed 3-5-2 most of the time or sometimes 3-5-1-1 since his first day as a manager in Lazio. He counts on the Italian international Ciro Immobile. This former Torino and Borussia Dortmund frontman is accompanied by the Argentinean Joaquin Correa as the second striker.
The former Lazio wing-back in the 1990s and early 2000s, Sinisa Mihajlovic tends to employ 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formations. He relies on the veteran Argentinean striker, Rodrigo Palacio and the local youngster, Ricardo Orsolini as the main forward.
Players to Watch
Lazio’s key figures this season are definitely Ciro Immobile with his twenty-seven goals and six assists, Luis Alberto with three goals and eleven assists and Joaquin Correa with six goals and one assist. Another notable one is the Serbian international, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
In Rossoblu’s squad, their top performers this season are Ricardo Orsolini with seven goals and four assists, Rodrigo Palacio with six goals and three assists and Roberto Soriano with three goals and two assists.
Lazio vs Bologna Prediction
The host should have no difficulty to secure another three points considering their positive trends. Andrea Poli and Co could only opt for defensive tactics, should they aim for snatching points in Olympico. Nevertheless, a narrow win for Lazio is more possible.
Ciro Immobile and Co are the favourite in this game. Their odds to win are at 1.45 whereas the draw result is higher, which is at 4.30. Bologna is only projected to win at 7.85.
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