Lazio vs SPAL
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Fresh off winning the Supercoppa Italiana, Lazio will be feeling pretty good as they take on newly promoted SPAL at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.
The Biancocelesti have been quite strong under ex-striker Simone Inzaghi and have shown no sign of a sophomore slump. They took an early 2-0 lead against Juventus, and despite throwing that lead away, they managed to claw their way back to seal the title and get revenge for their 2015 Supercoppa Italiana defeat in Shanghai. They will be featuring in the Europa League this season, but given the fact that Italy will have four Champions League spots during the 2018/2019 season, Lazio will be doing their utmost best to be one of those quartet of sides.
Naturally, they are heavy favorites to pick up all three points, especially as they are taking on a newly promoted side. Of major concern for Lazio is their defensive problems. As viewers saw all last season, they struggle to keep things tight as the back. They conceded in all their last five home games and in nearly 80% of their matches at the Stadio Olimpico. And most recently, it nearly cost them in the Supercoppa Italiana, when Paulo Dybala’s brace almost cancelled out Ciro Immobile’s efforts.
That could give SPAL a glimmer of hope, albeit it won’t be enough to give the promoted side all three points.
Lazio vs SPAL: Head-to-head statistics
SPAL are back in Serie A after 50 years. Therefore their recent meetings with Lazio has been in friendlies (2009 and 2017), Lazio have won both
Lazio vs SPAL: Prediction
SPAL managed to score goals on the road and so they can be expected to try to nick a goal here, but it won’t be enough to cause an upset. They won’t be lacking in enthusiasm, especially that this will be their first top flight game in decades. Lazio should be able to take care of business against the newly promoted outfit without much trouble, however.
Lazio vs SPAL: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 11/10 (2.10).