Fiorentina vs Lazio by Enzo
Fiorentina comes to their own stadium after two generally negative results, since they firstly lost to Palermo 2:0, but also took just a point away to Sassuolo last weekend in a 2:2 draw. Must be said, it was overall quite an open game and could have ended pretty differently on some other day.
Viola was better in the first halfitme and deservedly took the lead in 37th minute via Chiesa, while they missed some more chances, including a penalty missed by Kalinic. However, home team responded much better in the second halftime and leveled up via penalty kick taken by Politano, while the visitors stood playing with a man less since that 73rd minute. Sassuolo even increased the pressure and completely reverted the scoreline via Iemmello, but the players of Viola managed to snatch that point with a late equalizer in first minute of additional time via Bernardeschi. The team is now at eight position, having three points more than sixth (and Europa League placed) Milan.
Davide Astori is back after serving a one match ban. Central midfielder Milan Badelj (32/2) probably won't take place here with an injury, while central defender Gonzalo Rodriguez (24/1) serves a one game ban due red card in previous round.
Lazio, on the other side, comes from a very offensively impressive victory last weekend, as the team won over Sampdoria 7:3 last Sunday evening. It was overall very open game and if anything, purely justified by the final result - convincing victory of a home team, but also with the visitors being very dangerous in attack.
Scoreline was opened already in second minute via Keita, while the visitors stood playing with a man less already in eighteent minute when Skriniar was showed a red card. Immobile doubled up their lead from penalty kick, while Linetty reduced temporarily in 32nd minute. However, Lazio managed to score three more in last ten minutes of the first halftime, via Hoedt, Anderson and de Vrij, while Lulic and Immobile again increased their lead to 7:1 in the middle of second half, but with the visitors recuding towards the end via Quagliarella twice. Lazio now seems pretty safe at fourth position, not being able to slip down to the positions which are leading to Europa League qualifiers anymore.
Lazio can't count at goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (17/0) who continues to be long term absentee due injury. Participation of offensive midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic probably won't be under question as he should recover from muscular injury. Their coach could rotate ahead of the Cup final in next days.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Fiorentina's last 11 home games (Serie A).
- Fiorentina have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Lazio.
It's obvious that Fiorentina have been tanking lately with their performances, possibly to avoid Europa League qualifiers, while Lazio surely have much bigger game ahead of themselves. Even though recent form says this should be quite an open game with both teams scoring easily - at the same time, having Viola's competitive motive under question a bit and with Lazio playing in the Cup finals, but also being generally safe on their position - this can easily turn out to be a nightmare for most of the punters who are chasing goals, while we have more than valuable odds with underish side considering it's still Italian game.