Lazio vs Atletico Madrid
Lazio is coming of a terrific 3:2 win over Cesena as they turnover the game with a men less while the guests were leading by 0:2 at half-time. That result pushed them to third position, above Udinese. Home team is playing with many ups and downs in domestic league, but mostly due to even worse form of teams like Udinese and Inter, they are still hanging on very high third position. They haven’t been in perfect form lately as they have lost against Milan, Inter and Genoa all away from home. Having their form in mind and their very important missings, it will be very hard for them to get a positive result against in-form opponents. Hosts are in big problems for this match as they face up against several key absentees. Defender Stefan Radu, midfielders Christian Brocchi, Lorik Cana, Stefano Mauri and Emiliano Alfaro as well as strikers Libor Kozak and Tommaso Rocchi, the Lazio captain are all injured for this game.
Atletico Madrid is totally another team since their coach is changed and Diego Simeone stepped into the club. Since they appointed him as a coach, Simeone didn’t lose a single game which is a big improvement to previous results of the club. Additionally, they haven’t received a single goal since the takeover. With three wins and three draws (draws were against quite stronger opponents), Atletico reached sixth position and can even hope for a Champions League position if they continue in the same manner, although they were affraid of entering relegation battle before Simeone came. The Spaniards will miss midfielder Tiago and team-captain Antonio Lopez, who are already missing for weeks so it might not be such a big problem for them. However, they will be boosted with return of defenders Diego Godin and Joao Miranda who have missed last Primera league game.
Lazio will have many problems matching Atletico tonight, with a form Spaniards started playing under new coach it won’t be a surprise if they get to the finals of Europa League while it can’t be said for the Italians. Odds are too good at this moment and will probably drop down till the beginning of the match.
Bet: Atletico Madrid Draw no Bet @2.09 with William Hill