Returning home to the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 31 of the Serie A TIM, Lazio will be preparing to return to winning ways against Sassuolo. The last time these two sides met, the match ended leveled 1-1 at the Mapei Stadium; goals were scored by Marco Parolo and Gianmarco Ferrari.
After a late 1-0 loss to Spal in Ferrara midweek, the Biancocelesti will be eager to get all three points to catch back up with Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Atalanta, who occupy the third (56 points), fourth (52 points), and fifth (51 points) spots respectively. As Milan and Roma both dropped points in this round of Italian football, losing all three points was a massive blow to Simone Inzaghi’s side. However, it is important to note that the Eagles have a match in hand – against Udinese – and with a victory from this match, would be equal with Atalanta at just one point off a Champions League spot. Lazio has a record of 14-6-9 this season, scoring 42 goals and conceding 30. Taking a look at the number of goals scored, Inzaghi’s side has the tenth best record in the league; this is simply not good enough to be in the top four. A big factor in this is related to the struggles that key stars – such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto, and Ciro Immobile – have had throughout the campaign. More accurate statistics come from their goal differential and the number of goals conceded: they rank sixth overall in both categories.
Sitting mid-table in the eleventh spot after 30 rounds of calcio, Roberto De Zerbi will be hoping for a positive result away from home, especially after putting four past Chievo in the midweek clash. The first victory for the side since January 26th (a span of nine matches), they will be looking to pick up back-to-back victories for just the second time this season. With 35 points, a victory will hold their eleventh-placed position, but a loss could be detrimental – they could fall as far as 15th; this is how tight the competition is. Lazio will have to be wary of Khouma Babacar and Domenico Berardi up top for the Neroverdi: the Senegalese striker has seven goals, while the Italian right-winger has five goals to his name so far.
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Inzaghi’s Probable Selections (3-5-2)
Bastos, Acerbi, Radu;
Romulo, Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lulic;
Lazio vs Sassuolo: Roberto D’Aversa’s Probable Selections (4-3-3)
Lirola, Demiral, Ferrari, Rogerio;
Dunca, Sensi, Locatelli;
Berardi, Babacar, Boga.