Bologna vs Lazio Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Bologna vs Lazio prediction before an upcoming Serie A encounter on Wednesday evening, 25 October 2017. Lazio will be keen to maintain its winning streak after a midweek Serie A round, heavily inspired by Ciro Immobile’s excellence, when they head to the “Stadio Renato Dall’Ara” in Bologna. Find out what our betting experts have to say in a comprehensive match preview, prediction and free betting tips.
H2H History: Bologna vs Lazio
Hosts Bologna look for their first victory over the Biancocelesti since March 2012, when they won 1:3 at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Rome. Lazio have not lost to Bologna in eight consecutive Serie A games ever since, winning four of them. Three of these four victories were accomplished in the last five meetings between both sides, including a 0:2 in March this year, when Ciro Immobile netted a brace.
Serie A: Bologna vs Lazio 25.10.2017
After six successive wins on all fronts, Lazio are topping Group K of the UEFA Europa League and remain fourth in the Serie A standings, being on three points behind leaders Napoli. Of course, distance from top of the table can be increased to four points if Inter wins the round 10 opener against Sampdoria on Tuesday night.
It seems that Simone Inzaghi has brought back the kind of enthusiasm that has been missing since he was part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s selection that lifted the Scudetto in 2000. The 41-years-old manager knows well that his long-term ambitions can only be achieved step-by-step and that is why every next game is always the most important one.
There is one name that stands out behind all results of the Biancocelesti so far in the campaign and that clearly is Ciro Immobile. The Italian who wears number 17 has scored 17 goals in all competitions, a record no other striker has yet achieved among the top five European leagues this season. Thirteen of them are scored in nine Serie A rounds and two more came in the Supercoppa Italiana, which Lazio won in a direct duel against Juventus.
Bologna have began the new football season with a devastating 0:3 home loss to a Serie B opposition, Cittadella, in the early Coppa Italia rounds. Thereafter the Rossoblu have suffered only one defeat in four home games, which was another 0:3 against the same opponent that caused Lazio’s only defeat – Napoli. In the meantime Roberto Donadoni has built a tactical shield that slipped Inter and Torino at the “Stadio Dall’Ara” (1:1 in both games) and clinched three successive Serie A triumphs ahead of a narrow defeat to Atalanta in Bergamo last weekend.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Bologna takes the 8th position with 14 points and Roberto Donadoni’s men can stay calm, no matter what happens against Lazio. The new Serie A campaign goes in a much better fashion for the Rossoblu, who were 15th at the end of season 2016-17, so they can draw out only positives from their top-half positioning after 9 rounds.
Bad news for Roberto Donadoni are in defense where Giancarlo Gonzalez serves a suspension as he was sent-off against Atalanta. Sebastien De Maio should replace the Costa Rican defender as a centre-back partner of Filip Helander. Furthermore, right-back Vasilis Torosidis joins the injury list where we also find Ibrahima Mbaye and Saphir Taider, while Rodrigo Palacio remains a doubt. Emil Krafth can deputise Torosidis at the back and Mattia Destro should lead Bologna’s attack if Palacio is not fit.
Lazio hopes to meet the expectations and win in Bologna without the injured Wallace, Jordan Lukaku, Dusan Basta and Felipe Anderson. They are all players who may claim a starting position as soon as they’re back, especially Felipe Anderson, who missed all games and still recovers from a muscle injury.
Simone Inzaghi may use the midweek round to rewards players like Nani and Felipe Caicedo with more first-team football, although he will most likely name the same starting XI and rotate later on.
Bologna vs Lazio Prediction and Betting Tips
“The Roman Eagles” are favourites despite playing away from home, but they keep the pace next to the other top clubs after a comfortable 3:0 success over Cagliari on Sunday. Their good display and two first-half goals can be crucial for Lazio’s performance in the midweek, since they could have saved enough energy and use it in Bologna. Moreover, Simone Inzaghi’s men have an upcoming match vs the worst Serie A side – Benevento (0 points), so they can surely place a greater effort against Bologna.
We believe that Lazio gained enough momentum in the past weeks and can win seventh in a row against Bologna – 1X2 Betting.
Possible Lineups of Bologna and Lazio
Venue: “Stadio Renato Dall’Ara”, Bologna.
Referee: Davide Massa.
Bologna FC 1909: Antonio Mirante – Emil Krafth, Sebastien De Maio, Filip Helander, Adam Masina – Godfred Donsah, Erick Pulgar, Andrea Poli – Simone Verdi, Federico Di Francesco, Mattia Destro. (4-3-3)
SS Lazio: Thomas Strakosha – Bastos, Stefan de Vrij, Stefan Radu – Adam Marusic, Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo, Senad Lulic – Luis Alberto, Ciro Immobile. (3-5-2)