Lazio vs Nice by Enzo
Lazio took an easy victory last time out on Sunday afternoon when the team visited Benevento and outplayed the opponent with a 5:1 result. Visitors had a great entrance into the match and had 3:0 lead already after twenty-four minutes thanks to goals from Bastos, Immobile and Marusic.
Players of home team reduced in 55th minute via Lazaar and played very attacking football in the second halftime deserving maybe to score once again, but the visitors proved to be way more efficient and experienced, scoring two more goals via Parolo and Nani in last fifteen minutes. The side now has six consecutive victories in Serie A and eight overall in all competitions, sharing the second position together with Juventus having three points less than leaders from Napoli. As for the Europa League, they have nine points out of first three matches and are close already to mathematically secure progress to the knockout stage.
Striker Ciro Immobile (11/14) sits out this one due thigh injury, as well as right back Dusan Basta (5/0) with the same problem. Central backs Wallace (3/0), Mauricio (1/0) and forward Felipe Anderson (no performance so far) are also out being injured.
Nice, on the other side, is in obviously poor momentum now as the side counts five consecutive defeats, four in Ligue 1 and previous one in Europa League when they lost at home against Lazio 1:3. As for the most recent game, the side suffered 3:0 defeat away to PSG in a game played on Friday evening.
It was a game where they anyway couldn't expect more out of it, as the Parisians entered it strongly and had a 1:0 lead already after the third minute thanks to a goal from Cavani who scored another one in 31st minute with the visiting side staying passive and in a defensive mode for the whole game generally. An own goal in 52nd minute sealed the victory for the home side that wasn't in doubt anyway.
Guests continue to miss injured four: offensive midfielder Wylan Cyprien and forward Mickael Le Bihan (both without performing so far in the season), but also forward Ignatius Ganago (3/1) and midfielder Jean Michael Seri (6/1).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Nice's last 4 games (UEFA Europa League).
- Lazio have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Lazio is in a great momentum now, but no doubt that whoever goes into the starting lineup against Nice, will want to impress and surely will be looking for another victory. Nice, on the other hand, can't lose much here against obviously stronger opponent and knows that they can't get anything in case their players just stand behind the ball. Quite an open game is what I expect from both teams and that will be my first betting option since Lazio may rotate quite a lot for this one.