This weekends Serie A action concludes with a match in the capital as Lazio host Hellas Verona at the Stadio Olimpico. This is a crucial match for Lazio as Roma won their match on Saturday to take 3rd place in Serie A and move 4 points clear of their city rivals. However, Inter Milan lost at Genoa and win here would move Lazio up to 4th place in the table.
Hellas Verona start this match in 19th place and need a win to give themselves a chance of escaping the relegation zone. A win would not be good enough to see them leave the bottom three but will give them confidence for the remainder of the season.
Lazio were enjoying a great run of form in December and January but the defeat at AC Milan towards the end of the month has put a spanner in the works.
Simone Inzaghi’s team have lost 4 of their last 5 games, with defeat at AC Milan and Napoli away from home and to Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A. Lazio also lost on Thursday night in Romania, 1-0 to Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League.
Despite the poor run of form, Lazio have still been scoring goals in Serie A and they are averaging 2.64 goals in home league matches this season and have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 Serie A games.
Hellas Verona Form
Hellas Verona tasted defeat last time out as they went down 2-0 at Sampdoria in Serie A and that was their second successive defeat having lost 1-0 at home to Roma the week before.
Both results have been a dent to the confidence of Hellas Verona having picked up an excellent 4-1 win at Fiorentina on the 28th January. That win looked as though it was going to spark some life in their season but Hellas Verona and have failed to build on the victory in Florence.
Hellas Verona have won just one of their last 7 Serie A games, which was the win at Fiorentina and they tasted 6 defeats at Udinese and Napoli plus at home to Juventus, Crotone and Roma.
The defence has been a problem all season for Hellas Verona and they have conceded 48 goals in 24 games, at an average of 2 goals per game. They have also been struggling to score goals recently, failing to find the back of the net in 4 of their last 5 matches.
Lucas Leiva is unavailable for Lazio in this game due to suspension. With Davide Di Gennaro injured, Senad Lulic is the most likely start in midfield alongside Marco Parolo.
Hellas Verona will be without Alessio Cerci who is injured and there are doubts over Alex Ferrari. If Ferrari does not make it, Thomas Heurtaux is expected to fill in at right-back.
Top Betting Tips
Lazio have been on a bad run of form but this is the perfect fixture for them to get back to winning ways. Lazio to win is 2/9 with William Hill.
Although they have been struggling to win matches recently, Lazio have remained entertaining to watch and we should see goals in this match. Lazio to win and over 2.5 goals is 1/2 at Ladbrokes.
Ciro Immobile is the top goal scorer in Serie A this season but the striker has failed to score in his last 5 games. This could be the perfect match for the Italian to get back on the score sheet. Immobile to score first is 9/4 with Coral.