Lazio VS Sassuolo Prediction
Four days after losing by AS Roma at home, Sassuolo triggers another Roman side when “The Neroverdi” and Lazio will meet at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Italian capital Rome. Lazio returned on track after two disappointing draws when “The Biancocelesti” were quite convincing with a 4-1 win against Cagliari in the midweek Serie A round, which has climbed Simone Inzaghi’s men to the fifth position. Meanwhile Sassuolo had even more busy period since most of you probably know they’re one of the Italian UEFA Europa League representatives, which does their workload even bigger.
Lazio vs Sassuolo – Team News and Match Preview
Sassuolo’s European debut makes their schedule pretty tightly saturated and they’ve started with the Europa League commitment in end of July. Thus Sassuolo have played 7 games more compared to their opponents here, besides all 10 games which both sides have already closed in the 2016-17 Serie A season. Fact that Sassuolo can’t boast with a particular squad depth and at the same time they were hit by some bad injuries of first-team players, “The Neroverdi” show decent football and club keeps good perspectives for a potential Europa League breakthrough. Between all these midweek Europa League fixtures Sassuolo shows different face in each Serie A round, where Eusebio Di Francesco’s men alternate positive results with defeats, placing them on the 14th position with 13 points won (on 7 points over the danger zone).
Lazio stays at home after the 4-1 win against Cagliari on Wednesday night when Ciro Immobile netted a brace while his attacking partners – Keita Balde and Felipe Anderson found their names on the scoresheet as well. Cagliari’s answer came in closing minutes of the game when score was already 4-0 and it was an own goal scored by Brazilian defender Wallace. This may somehow worry Lazio’s coach Simone Inzaghi, who’ll have to organize its defensive line in a better way. Lazio threw away four points from both draws against Bologna (1-1) and Torino (2-2), which were preceded by two victories against Empoli and Udinese. After a 0-3 win in Udine, Lazio aims to keep a clean sheet and besides all positives from that five-match unbeaten run, Inzaghi should pay serious attention to the red light shining at the back. Nevertheless, Lazio can enter in round 11 with certain confidence as “The Roman Eagles” can even attack third position under certain circumstances (if Napoli fails to win against Juve, while AC Milan slips at home against Pescara). Of course, Lazio must win their own match in a first place and there shouldn’t be any place for underestimation here, since Sassuolo have already proven they can be one really tricky opposition.
Lazio vs Sassuolo – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Experienced defender Paolo Cannavaro opened the score against AS Roma after only 12 minutes, as Sassuolo kept their lead until the 57th minute. Thereafter “The Giallorossi” were convincing enough to score 3 goals in period 57-78 mins, which actually was first defeat for Sassuolo after a win over Crotone earlier in that month, followed by two consecutive draws. Nevertheless, we must underline that Eusebio Di Francesco remains without an injured quartet – Timo Letschert, Simone Missiroli, Francesco Magnanelli and Domenico Berardi. Among these names we find some players who were crucial for the step-by-step improvement marked by Sassuolo in past seasons, so injuries of captain Francesco Magnanelli, Simone Missiroli and of goal scorer Domenico Berardi are seriously reducing potential which “The Neroverdi” have.
Simone Inzaghi has its own injured quarter where we notice mostly names of defenders – Bastos, Jordan Lukaku, Stefan de Vrij, as well as of injured captain and key midfielder in Lazio’s formation Lucas Biglia. Latter will probably be replaced by someone from Danilo Cataldi or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as we don’t have any doubts Marco Parolo and Senad Lulic will both start in midfield.
We already mentioned that Lazio’s attacking trio was entirely involved in the midweek success, so we don’t have any doubts about it, but we may not be so impressed by Lazio’s defense. Indeed, Simone Inzaghi is forced to start with a centre-back duo Wesley Hoedt-Wallace, which doesn’t seem particularly solid.
Final conclusion and Betting Tip
Sassuolo are not so far away from their last season’s position – 6th, but they obviously fail to reproduce same football they produced at the beginning of the season. Of course, that’s pretty much influenced by injuries of key players, but however, Sassuolo has scored in any their game this season – 17 out of 17. Officially they have scored goals in 16 matches, since the one against Pescara was awarded with a win for the other side, although Sassuolo won with 2-1.
On other hand we have hosts Lazio who are the favourites for a reason but we believe they don’t hold the overall defensive quality to keep a clean sheet against Sassuolo scoring right now. Our betting prediction goes for “Lazio to win and Both teams to score“. We have same option as a winning bet in two from previous three fixtures between both sides in Rome where Lazio have won in both occasions 3-2, while last season they surprising lost 0-2.
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese.
Possible starting lineups of Lazio and Sassuolo
SS Lazio: Federico Marchetti – Stefan Radu, Wesley Hoedt, Wallace, Patric – Senad Lulic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo – Keita Balde, Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile. (4-3-3)
US Sassuolo Calcio: Andrea Consigli – Federico Peluso, Francesco Acerbi, Paolo Cannavaro, Pol Lirola – Alfred Duncan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stefano Sensi – Matteo Politano, Grégoire Defrel, Alessandro Matri. (4-3-3)