Torino VS Lazio Prediction
Winning three games and aiming to fourth, that’s current form of Torino who’ll host to Lazio when we have the regular portion of Italian Serie A football on Sunday afternoon. Unquestionably clash at the “Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino” stands out from the mainstream and we have two teams in fine form, who’re involved in perhaps most intriguing Calcio fixture on Sunday, since round 9 starts with two really hot games on Saturday night – Sampdoria vs Genoa and AC Milan vs Juventus. However, our betting focus goes onto Serie A matches in Sunday and we claim to make the right call for game between Torino and Lazio.
Torino vs Lazio – Team News and Match Preview
Toro enters into round 9 as a team that occupies fourth position and morale of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side will be sky-high. Memorable defender of Lazio in period 1998-2004 will be keen to slip his former club and to boost even more its coaching career, which goes quite well in past few weeks. Torino began season 2016-17 with some really interesting signings and despite not so convincing start (losing their first two away matches by AC Milan and Atalanta), Toro’s form has improved a lot. They have won 11 points out of 15 possible in the past five Serie A rounds which features two goalless draws against Empoli and Pescara, as well as their current streak – three consecutive wins. All of them were great as Sinisa Mihajlovc’s men can partially regret they’ve conceded in any of them, but this isn’t such an issue since they have scored more than their opposition. First two matches were at home where Torino were really impressive against AS Roma (3-1) and Fiorentina (2-1), which was pretty much inspired by Andrea Belotti’s return. The 22-year-old number 9 in Torino’s selection is one of the most promising young footballers in Italy and his presence on the pitch contributes in any aspects of the game, as if he don’t score, he’s always flexible and this provides good opportunities for all others. Like it happened last round in Palermo where Torino won its first away Serie A game since end of April. Moreover, they did it with class as final score on the “Renzo Barbera Stadium” was 1-4 and Torino’s display was a joy to behold.
Lazio head for Turin after winning seven points from its last three fixtures and Simone Inzaghi’s side can regret they couldn’t won over Bologna last round. Anyway, Lazio were close to lose the game as Ciro Immobile leveled the score in 96th minute after a successfully executed penalty shot. Thus Lazio have missed their chance to level their rivals AS Roma and AC Milan, who’re respectively 2nd and 3rd (before round 9’s kick-off), as “The Biancocelesti” share same number of points with their opponents Torino and fifth placed Napoli. However, Lazio are last (6th) in that mini-competition since Toro and Napoli have better goal difference (Napoli have more goals scored, although they share same indicator of +6 goals) compared to Lazio’s.
“Roman Eagles” were with two consecutive wins prior their home slip against Bologna and they both came with more than one goal margin – 2:0 vs Empoli, followed by a 3-0 win in Udine, in their previous outing.
Torino vs Lazio – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Lazio is set for another game on the road and Simone Inzaghi will give his best to win battle against his former teammate Sinisa Mihajlovic. Indeed, we have a really interesting duel between two ambitious personalities who’ll try to proceed with the positive results.
Inzaghi cannot boast with same experience which his opponent holds, but he knows situation in Lazio extremely well, since huge part of his life has been spent at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Rome. Simone Inzaghi was coach of Lazio’s youth formations in period 2010-2016 before entering the big game. Initially Inzaghi was Lazio’s caretaker since former coach Stefano Piolo has been sacked after the 1-4 defeat by Roma in April, while later on Marcelo Bielsa was appointed for Lazio’s new coach. Most of you probably heard that well-known Argentine manager has resigned from his position after only two days at “Olimpico” and Inzaghi was the chosen one once again. He takes Lazio’s helm for enough time already and he still leads the club with credit of president Claudio Lotito.
As a former striker, who didn’t had same notable career as of his brother Filippo, Simone Inzaghi must find a way to squeeze attacking potential which Lazio has and this is pretty much related with Ciro Immobile. Lazio’s primary attacker has built its reputation exactly as a player in Giampiero Ventura’s setup and we can say Immobile has lived its best football days exactly in Torino, at least for now. The 26-year-old attacker already has 5 goals in 8 Serie A rounds and he’ll be the main threat for Torino’s defenders, as well as both wingers in eventual 4-3-3 formation here – probably Keita Balde and Felipe Anderson.
So we can easily spot that Lazio has some attacking potential and Simone Inzaghi’s main concerns are in defense, where Romanian left-back Stefan Radu is suspended and that’s not all. Summer signings Jordan Lukaku and Bastos are still injured, as well as captain Lucas Biglia, who’s vital for Lazio’s midfield. This will cause some rotations in both links of Lazio’s formation since the lack of typical left defender can call for a repositioning of Senad Lulic. If Inzaghi decides to take this action, he may need to fill the gap in midfield where Lulic plays in most occasions. Lucas Biglia’s absence may open space for Danilo Cataldi, who’s expected to start next to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Marco Parolo, of course, if Lulic starts as a left-back.
Torino and Sinisa Mihajlovic in particular will benefit from these defensive issues which Lazio has, on their path for fourth successive win. Danilo Avelar and Cristian Molinaro are the only absentees for the home side and everyone in Torino can enjoy on a full squad available. Attacking trio featuring Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Andrea Belotti shows superb teamwork and support coming from midfield is also key for Torino’s development. Mirko Valdifiori, Marco Benassi and Daniele Baselli are ready to start again as we doubt that Mihajlovic may touch its starting XI right now, not after the inspirational victory in Sicily.
Having in mind all mentioned details regarding Lazio’s defensive line, Torino’s form and attacking capabilities which both teams have, we find “Both teams to score – Yes” as the most reliable bet for that game. Our expectations are Torino and Lazio will both score on Sunday afternoon and this can carry us some profits.
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino”, Turin.
Referee: Piero Giacomelli.
Possible starting lineups of Torino and Lazio
Torino FC: Joe Hart – Antonio Barreca, Leandro Castán, Luca Rossettini, Davide Zappacosta – Daniele Baselli, Mirko Valdifiori, Marco Benassi – Iago Falque, Adem Ljajic, Andrea Belotti. (4-3-3)
SS Lazio: Federico Marchetti – Patric, Stefan de Vrij, Wesley Hoedt, Senad Lulic – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo, Danilo Cataldi – Felipe Anderson, Keita Balde, Ciro Immobile. (4-3-3)