Lazio’s troubles continued in another unscripted defeat to Lecce in midweek, but their opposition Sassuolo arrive Stadio Olimpico here in the rudest of form following three consecutive wins and five
games unbeaten since the defeat to Atalanta in their first match after resumption.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Saturday July 11th
Kick-off: 16: 15
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Scudetto hopefuls, Lazio failed to make the most of Juventus’ loss in the last round of games, somehow succumbing to a 2-1 defeat themselves to modest Lecce to leave them needing something extraordinary in their battle for the title.
This was a result coming after they had fell 3-0 to Milan here last week, and for the first time this season, I Biancocelesti have lost back-to-back league games, something which does not bode well for their aspirations.
With Juve entertaining Atalanta later on Saturday evening, Lazio can move within four points of them with a victory here, but will have to fashion a win over a team that have won all three of their last games and are unbeaten in five.
Domenico Berardi and Luka Haraslín struck in Bologna as Sassuolo made it three wins from three last time out in Bologna, though they still stand an outside chance of gate-crashing an Europa League spot this season.
With I Neroverdi having only suffered three defeats in their last 13 matches away from home this season, they will feel confident of emerging with a positive result in Rome despite their lofty opponents.
Lazio emerged victorious 2-1 when these two sides faced off in the reverse fixture in November 2019, with Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile scoring either side of a Francesco Caputo goal.
Patric begins a four-match ban for inexplicably biting Lecce’s Giulio Donati last time out.
Meanwhile Joaquin Correa, Adam Marusic and Senad Lulic all remain on the treatment table.
Filip Djuricic is still suspended for Sassuolo while the duo of Filippo Romagna and Pedro Obiang are still injured.
Head to Head
In 13 competitive games between these two clubs, Lazio have beaten Sassuolo eight times, with their opposition winning them twice. Three meetings had ended as draws.
Lazio last five competitive games: LWWLL
Sassuolo last five competitive games: DDWWW
Lazio’s 3-0 loss to Milan last weekend was their first home defeat of the season, however, with Simone Inzaghi’s side having triumphed in 10 of their last 12 games on familiar territory. The loss to Lecce particularly will hurt, and they will be fired up to respond and at least and keep the pressure on Juventus. It will be no easy feat against a Sassuolo team reeking with confidence at the moment, but we think the hosts should be able to get the much needed points, with a victory for I Biancocelesti prized at odds of 8/13 by BetClever.
Ciro Immobile is 8/15 to score anytime on the goal-scorers market, and is one player we are going with here. The striker failed to find the net last time against Lecce but we are backing him to to get goals to fill his boots against Sassuolo.