Lazio vs Sassuolo
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 30 October 2016
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Lazio will be looking to take advantage of Sassuolo’s indifferent form as they welcome the Neroverdi to the Stadio Olimpico this Sunday.
The Biancocelesti are unbeaten in their last five league games, whilst picking up 11 points out of a possible 15 during that time. This sees them sitting in fifth spot at the start of this round. Simone Inzaghi’s side also are only behind Juventus (21) and Roma (26) in terms of goals scored and are coming into this game following a resounding 4-1 drubbing of Cagliari midweek. The Aquile have lost just twice this term, and most significant, only one of those was at their home ground. That was a 1-0 reversal to Juventus, but the Bianconeri have long been a thorn in the side for the capital club.
It was exactly the result Inzaghi wanted to see after his team threw away two points by conceding a late penalty to Torino. At home, Lazio have conceded just three times, versus eight on the road. However, they have yet to shut Sassuolo out on home turf, and in fact, lost this same fixture 2-0 last season.
As for Sassuolo, they really were one of the huge revelations last season as they managed to finish in sixth and secure Europa League football for the first time in their history. They are, however, coming into this game having lost 3-1 to Roma after taking an early lead. And indeed, the challenges of balancing multiple tournaments appears to have taken a toll on Eusebio Di Francesco’s side. The Neroverdi have truly struggled to replicate their form from last season, and with a Europa League tie coming up, Di Francesco will have to make a decision as to how to manage his squad with that game in mind.
Part of Sassuolo’s problems have been their form on the road. They have not won any of their past four away fixtures and that run extends to seven if one includes their Europa League campaign. That being said, they did a double over Lazio last season after failing to win any of their prior four meetings.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head statistics
- Sassuolo have scored at least two goals in five out of their last six meetings with Lazio (across all competition).
- Lazio are undefeated in their last five Serie A games.
- The Biancocelesti are 14-5-1 in their past 20 home games against teams ranked below them in the table.
- The Neroverdi are 2-5-13 in their last 20 away games versus teams ranked above them in the table.
- Sassuolo beat Lazio home and away last season after losing three and drawing the other out of their first four meetings.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Prediction
Despite their struggles, Sassuolo have managed to cause Lazio problems. The Neroverdi have scored at least twice in all but one out of their past six meetings, and as noted before, managed to do a double over the Biancocelesti last season. In addition, they are not winning their away games, but they certainly are able to score, meaning that the Aquile will need to obviously do the same in order to avoid dropping points.
The lion’s share of matches featuring both sides have seen a fairly solid amount of goals, so do not be surprised to see this game being a relatively high-scoring fixture. Sassuolo, of course, will be loath to lose to Lazio having already succumbed to a heavy defeat to their opponent’s cross-town rivals, Roma, midweek. However, Lazio are in better form at the moment and should be able to take advantage of a potentially distracted Sassuolo to clinch at least a point.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70)
Both teams to score – YES – at 7/10 (1.70)
Lazio to win at 4/6 (1.67).