Lazio will be looking to bounce back from derby disappointment as they return to Serie A action following the international break this weekend. Sassuolo are the visitors, who will be looking for a fifth win in six games.
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Lazio will only be too aware that they face an uphill struggle if they are to finish in a European place this season. They come into this fixture two points off Roma in the race for a Europa Conference League spot, while they are also the same number of points away from a Europa League position. It’s likely that their race for the Champions League spots has already been run, as they sit ten behind Juventus.
Lazio have been very inconsistent in their recent fixtures, as they have won twice in their previous five, but have also been beaten twice during the same run. Their latest defeat would have been the ultimate disappointment, as they were blown away by their local rivals, Roma. Lazio had no answer for the dominant threat posed by their rivals in the first half of that fixture, and found themselves 3-0 down at the break
Sassuolo come into this first fixture after the international break as the form side in Serie A. They could yet still have a glimmer of a chance of finishing in a European spot this season, as they sit eight points off both Atalanta and Roma. However, this could be a must-win game if they are to achieve that finish.
Their recent form has been excellent, as they have picked up wins in four of their previous five games. Only Juventus have recorded the same number of wins during that period. Sassuolo bounced back from a disappointing draw against Salernitana in their last game before the break in play, as they hammered Spezia 4-1.
Lazio vs Sassuolo Head to Head
Sassuolo boast the advantage in the recent meetings between the sides, as they will be looking for a third straight win this weekend. Their latest victory against Lazio was recorded in December, as they won 2-1. Sassuolo has also won three of the previous four fixtures between the sides.
Lazio vs Sassuolo Prediction
Lazio will certainly need to bounce back from the setback against Roma last time out. However, Sassuolo come into this fixture as the side with the form, and we would follow that trend and back them to beat Lazio for the third straight time.
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