Milan vs Lazio: Match Preview
Milan hosts Lazio at the San Siro in Matchday 11 of the 2019/20 Serie A.
Looking at the previous ten matches between the two sides – from August of 2014 to April of 2019 – the Biancocelesti have won on two occasions, the Rossoneri have won on five occasions, and there have been three draws. In more recent times, Lazio drew 1-1 in the first leg at the Stadio Olimpico and lost 1-0 in the return leg in Lombardy. In addition, the Aquile also defeated the Diavolo in the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals.
In regards to form in the Serie A this campaign, Simone Inzaghi’s team sits in fifth with a record of 5W-3D-2L (18 points), while Stefano Pioli’s side sits in tenth with a record of 4W-1D-5L (13 points); the last round of calcio saw the Biancocelesti defeat Torino 4-0 and the Rossoneri defeat Spal 1-0.
This clash will see Lucas Biglia return to play against his former club. The 33-year-old Argentine defensive midfielder was acquired by Lazio in the summer of 2013 but transferred to Milan in the summer of 2017. In addition, manager Stefano Pioli was in control of the Roman club from the summer of 2014 to the spring of 2016.
Milan vs Lazio: Expected Lineups
Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Hernandez, Romagnoli, Duarte, Calabria; Krunic, Bennacer, Paquetá; Calhanoglu, Piatek, Castillejo.
Lazio (3-5-1-1): Strakosha; Bastos, Acerbi, Luiz Felipe; Lulic, Luis Alberto, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lazzari; Correa; Immobile.
Milan vs Lazio: Prediction
This match takes place after Lazio won 4-0 in Rome against Torino. It was a deserved result for the Biancocelesti who dominated nearly every part of the match. Francesco Acerbi and Ciro Immobile were the heroes; the defender scored the first (and winning) goal of the match with a wonderous strike in the 25th minute – which caught everyone, including goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu by surprise – and the striker scored a brace. This was the center-back’s first goal of the season (and one that he will surely remember) and the number one Serie A scorer so far this season extended his lead.
As for the Rossoneri, they started their season winning two of their first three matches. However, they have been extremely poor and inconsistent since then with two wins, four losses, and one draw. In their recent match against SPAL, Suso was the hero with a great individual effort off of a free-kick which found the back of the net to give Milan three points.
Lazio is one point back from Roma in fourth place and Milan is five points back from Napoli for a spot in the UEFA Europa League; neither team will want to drop points. Expect an exciting clash Sunday evening at the San Siro.
Prediction: Milan 0-2 Lazio