Chievo vs Lazio
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 11 September 2016
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi (Verona).
Chievo and Lazio will be desperate to regain their footing after suffering defeats in round two. The Flying Donkeys started this campaign off well with a 2-0 victory over Inter, but stumbled against Fiorentina. As for the Aquile, they came out on top in a thrilling 4-3 match against Atalanta, but failed to overcome their Juventus hoodoo.
Last season saw these two sides finish in ninth and eighth respectively. For the Flying Donkeys, that was a good result, as their goal is simply to conclude proceedings in the top half of the table. Lazio, on the other hand, attempted to put all their focus on proceeding in the Europa League – and that did not work out as planned. In addition to the departures of key players like Miroslav Klose and Antonio Candreva, the Biancocelesti have experienced some rather unwanted drama this summer.
There was the whole issue concerning a very disgruntled Keita Balde Diao, with both the club and player accusing the other of dishonesty. And then there was a bit of turmoil following Marcelo Bielsa’s resignation after just two days in charge. In his stead arrives Simone Inzaghi for another spell, and fans will be hoping that the former striker can help improve their fortunes this term.
Chievo vs Lazio: Head-to-Head statistics
- Chievo and Lazio have met 28 times, with six wins for the Flying Donkeys, 11 for the Biancocelesti, and 11 draws
- However, oddly enough, the Flying Donkeys have actually fared better when playing at the Stadio Olimpico. At home, they’ve only managed two wins versus four at Lazio’s home ground
- Rolando Maran’s side have lost just one out of their past ten home fixtures
- During that same run, they’ve managed to keep clean sheets on six occasions
- Lazio’s past five away matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
Chievo vs Lazio: Prediction
Normally a rather stodgy affair, the past two meetings between Chievo and Lazio were goal-fests. The Flying Donkeys shocked the Aquile by crushing them 4-0 in this same fixture last season, but it’s not likely that viewers will see the same kind of thriller this time around. Chievo will be eager to maintain their strong home record – especially considering that they have only won one of their last six league games against Lazio.
If one of the teams fails to score, don’t be surprised: all six of Chievo’s past Serie A matches have seen at least one side unable to find the back of the net. The Flying Donkeys have been guilty of this on five occasions. Both teams may approach this one initially cautiously as they are coming in off the back of a loss, and this is a tricky one to predict. However, Chievo are a very organized side at home, and should be able to just enough to see off Lazio 1-0.
Chievo vs Lazio: Betting tips
Both teams to score – NO at 3/4 (1.75)
Chievo to win 1-0 at 13/2.