Sassuolo vs Lazio
Sassuolo host Lazio in the 12th round of Serie A.
Sassuolo and Lazio are next to each other in the table( 6th and 5th), but it's expected Lazio to lose points in the league, when we know they play in EL and infact they did it very successfully. Lazio secured their place in the next round of EL together with Eintracht after only 4 rounds, while Marseille and Apollon were eliminated. Now they can concentrate only on the domestic league and this is going to be their priority.
Sassuolo are very strange team, which have matches where they can defend extremely well like against Inter in the start of the season when they won 1:0(have to admit luck was on their side as Inter missed a lot of chances), but also have matches like against Milan, when they made so many mistakes and lost it 1:4. In their last home match against Bologna they earned a point in the end of the game with an equalizer by Boateng via penalty. Bologna are very close to the relegation zone, so it's not very optimistic to be close to a home loss against much weaker opponent than you.
Sassuolo will miss two midfielders for this game- Mehdi Bourabia and Boga, while Lazio will miss Caicedo for sure, while Lucas Leiva and Badelj are doubtful.
I chose to pick Lazio in this game for two main reasons. Lazio have to concentrate on the domestic league after they secured their place in the next round of EL and if they show their best tonight, no doubt they will take the win. I have to say I really trust this team more when they are playing as visitors in comparison with their home games. A win in this match will almost guarantee Lazio a place in top 4, because Milan have such a hard home game against Juve and it's expected to drop points. Secondly, when we see their matches H2H from the previous season, Lazio had full dominance- 6:1 win at home and 0:3 as visitors.
I expect to see a match maybe with goals in both nets, but finally Lazio to pravil over Sassuolo and take the three points. 1:2 or 1:3 are the main possible scores for me.
Sassuolo vs Lazio prediction
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