Lazio vs Sassuolo
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 1 October 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Lazio will aim to wrap up a good week by clinching a win over Sassuolo as they welcome the Neroverdi to the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon.
The Biancocelesti suffered a setback following a heavy 4-1 hammering by Napoli at this same ground recently, but bounced back by earning a 2-0 win in Europa League action midweek to remain in control of their quartet. That also marked the second straight game Simone Inzaghi’s men were able to keep a clean sheet after earning a comfortable 3-0 win over Verona last weekend.
Meanwhile, Sassuolo were once the surprise packages of Serie A, but those good times have long faded. They have been struggling badly this term, with just one win in their last five games, and the man who helped them pull off impressive wins against the all the big sides, Eusebio Di Francesco, has departed for Roma.
The Neroverdi have now lost their reputation as giant-killers, and come into this game having lost to Bologna.
Injuries have not helped, especially with their star man Domenico Berardi struggling to stay fit, but that being said, the Neroverdi do have a knack for scoring on the road, and netted in nearly all of their road fixtures last season. However, it was not enough to prevent them from losing most of those games, especially against teams in the top half of the table.
Still, Lazio’s leaky defense could see them give up a goal here, especially given that they have kept just two clean sheets so far in the league, and one of those was in that scoreless stalemate with SPAL.
They have one just clean sheet in their last eight at home in Serie A, but with Ciro Immobile in the form that he’s in right now, even if Sassuolo do grab a goal, they should be able to wipe it out pretty quickly.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head statistics
Lazio have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches against Sassuolo in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 14 of Lazio’s last 15 games.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Prediction
With over 2.5 goals in the majority of Lazio’s last meetings with Sassuolo, and the Biancocelesti failing to keep clean sheets in general, expect the Neroverdi to grab a goal. However, the hosts are too strong to drop points here, especially with Immobile in red hot form. Expect him to score here – after all, he netted a very impressive hat-trick during Lazio’s 4-1 demolition of AC Milan, scored two against Verona, and netted the game-winner against Zulte-Waregem.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57)
Lazio to WIN and BTTS – YES at 15/8 (2.88).