Lazio vs Novara
Date: Saturday, 12 January 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Lazio begin their Coppa Italia adventure on Saturday afternoon when they play host to third-division Novara at Stadio Olimpico.
The Romans obviously head into the game as massive favourites due to the massive gulf in quality and we expect to see a one-sided affair from the very first whistle.
Biancocelesti, who went all the way to the semi-final in the previous term, have had a roller-coaster campaign so far in the season in Serie A. They did break back into the top four in the standings after a run of two wins and a draw in last three league affairs, but Simone Inzaghi’s men still have to work hard on consistency.
Lazio barely saved a point in the last game of 2018 when they drew 1-1 to Torino at Olimpico. Midfielder Sergej Milinkovic Savic was the man who bagged the equalizer just after the hour-mark.
Lazio vs Novara: Head-to-head
This will only be the third head to head encounter between the two sides.
They played each other back in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign, the only time when Novara featured the top flight of the Italian football.
Teams snatched a win apiece back then (2-0 for Novara and 3-1 for Lazio).
Lazio vs Novara: Prediction
Novara hold the 10th place in the Group A of Serie C after 19 rounds of the competition. They should feature the promotional play-offs at the end of the campaign, but the direct promotion is currently ten points away.
The visitors did, however, improve their performances of late. They will head into this unbeaten in last 13 games in all competitions. The problem is a big number of draws as Novara drew 9 of these 13 outings along the way.
Lazio are unbeaten in last five Serie A games on the home patch. They are heavy favourites and we expect them to dominate the pitch from the first minute. The home win at the half time and at the end of the match is our main betting recommendation here.
Lazio vs Novara: Bet Tips
HT/FT Lazio/Lazio @ 1.61 (8/13)
Lazio -1.5 handicap @ 1.61 (8/13).