Lazio vs Fiorentina
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Two back-to-back losses will have Lazio reeling as they prepare to host Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Can the Biancocelesti get back on track, or will the arrival of the Viola present another big blow to Simone Inzaghi’s side?
Lazio had built up some positive momentum on both fronts before last weekend’s Derby della Capitale, which ended a four match winning run in Serie A. Roma beat them 3-1 in that contest, before they took on Eintracht Frankfurt and ended up losing 4-1. Of course, going down to nine men against the German outfit certainly did not help their cause one bit, but it was still a demoralizing and frustrating result nonetheless, and they will hope to take advantage of Fiorentina’s less than impressive away form.
Although Fiorentina have risen into third spot, the Viola have yet to win an away game this season. So far, they have only managed to pick up a single point, during a 1-1 draw with Sampdoria. They come into this game having beaten Atalanta 2-0, but that was at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Their 6-1 demolition of Chievo? Again at the Artemio Franchi. All four of their wins have been on home turf. On the road, they have lost to Napoli and recently, Inter, and that could give Lazio some confidence ahead of their crunch clash.
Lazio vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head statistics
Lazio have won 12 of their last 20 home fixtures versus Fiorentina (W12 D4 L4)
The Viola have yet to win an away game this season
Fiorentina have won just one of their last nine away games
Lazio vs Fiorentina: Prediction
Fiorentina may be higher than Lazio in the table, but that has been largely due to their stronger home performances.
The Viola have won all of their home games. Lazio, meanwhile did have to face Napoli on matchday one, which they lost and recently took on Roma in the Derby della Capitale, dropping further points. They also lost to Juventus on the road as well.
The fact that the Viola have not won an away game all season does not bode well for them – but Lazio’s poor week certainly would have shaken them to the core. With that in mind, this ultimately could end up in a draw with both teams scoring.
Lazio vs Fiorentina: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 1.65
DRAW at 3.65