Milan vs Lazio by Enzo
Milan got their second consecutive defeat last weekend, as the team got defeated away from home against Lazio 3:1 in a game where they shown really low number of quality things in their performance. They now have a change to make a revenge, but also to improve their morale and keep the chances of playing in Europe next season.
At least they have to count at Cup ticket, as the team currently goes nowhere with their league form. Despite taking a lead in Rome in fourth minute by Menez, hosts were simply much more superior and manage to break their resistance in the repetition when they sealed the victory deservedly with two goals from Parolo and one from Klose. They are now eight points away from the European places and it's hard to see them getting back in the race this season, having no victory in last five league matches. Coach Filippo Inzaghi will probably not want to rotate his squad a lot, as the team anyway isn't playing at their best level and for sure needs a victory and qualification here in order to turn things around in the locker room. Offensive midfielders Stephan El Shaarawy (15/1) and Giacomo Bonaventura (19/3) are out injured, so Alessio Cerci and Giampaolo Pazzini should start up front instead of these two. Philippe Mexes is not suspended for the Cup game, while the team also misses central defender Cristian Zapata (11/0), left back Mattia De Sciglio (13/0) and defensive all-rounder Daniele Bonera (10/0) all three being injured.
Lazio, on the other side, as said, needed only one halftime to overpower Milan last weekend celebrating very deserved 3:1 victory. They went somehow sluggish into the match, not being able to impose their tempo in the right way in the first halftime, but once the second one has started, they showed most of their attacking potential overturning the result in first six minutes of repetition.
With this victory they continued being on fourth position, only two points below the third placed Napoli that stands at a Champions League position - something that is surely a dream for all Lazio players. However, with unreliable form they have as well, they will surely try to play here with their best eleven and get the ticket to the semi-finals. Striker Filip Djordjevic (20/7) fractured his ankle in the last quarter of the game against Milan and will be out for many weeks and Miroslav Klose is expected to step up here and start the game - meanwhile, Lazio searches for additional striker in this transfer window. Offensive midfielder Felipe Anderson (16/5), left back/midfielder Senad Lulic (16/3) and left back Edson Braafheid (11/0) are all out injured for some time already. Central defender Michael Ciani (7/0) is already kind of a long term absentee.
Similar game to the one played on Saturday evening is expected again. This time, Milan has a bit more chances to get a positive result, but the team still remains way to weak in the defense and unreliable. Both teams to score is my first choice, while the visiting side shouldn't be underestimated by the bettors.