Lazio vs Parma: Match Preview
Lazio hosts Parma at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 4 of the 2019/20 Serie A.
Looking at the previous 10 matches between the two sides, the Biancocelesti have been dominant, winning on seven occasions and losing just once. In this period from March of 2012 to March of 2019, they have scored 20 goals, conceded 10, and have been able to keep three clean sheets. In more recent times, Lazio won both matches last year: 2-0 in the first leg at the Stadio Ennio Tardini and 4-1 in the return leg at home. In regards to form in the Serie A this campaign, Lazio has a record of 1W-1D-1L, while Parma has a record of 1W-0D-2L.
This clash will see two players return to play against their former clubs. The first is Italian 26-year-old winger Mattia Sprocati. He was acquired by Lazio in the summer of 2018, but consequently loaned to Parma in the January Transfer Window with an option to buy; it was redeemed this past summer. The second is Italian 34-year-old central midfielder Marco Parolo. He played for Parma from 2012 to 2014 until he was acquired by Lazio.
Lazio vs Parma: Expected Lineups
Lazio (3-5-1-1): Strakosha; Radu, Acerbi, Luiz Felipe; Lulic, Luis Alberto, Leiva, Milinkovic, Marusic; Correa; Immobile.
Parma (4-3-3): Sepe; Pezzella, Bruno Alves, Iacoponi, Darmian; Barillà, Brugman, Hernani; Gervinho, Inglese, Kulusevski.
Lazio vs Parma: Prediction
Lazio is coming off two poor performances against Spal in the Serie A and Cluj in the UEFA Europa League. In both outings, they were away from home, went up 1-0, and lost 2-1. What should have been an easy six points, Simone Inzaghi’s side failed to prove what they are capable of. As Alasdair Mackenzie described it, this past week the team as a whole was like a “moody teenager, showing glimpses of talent to the teacher before sulking or getting distracted.” Despite the potential excuse of excluding several starters from each of the two aforementioned matches, the Biancocelesti will be happy to return to the Stadio Olimpico where they have only lost twice against the Crociati since 1999. For this reason, they should feel confident in regaining their form and coming out on top this weekend.
Prediction: Lazio 2-1 Parma