Lazio vs Cagliari: Match Preview, Lineups, Prediction

Lazio vs Cagliari
Lazio vs Cagliari

Lazio vs Cagliari: Match Preview

The Stadio Olimpico hosts Lazio vs Cagliari in Matchday 35 of the 2019/20 Serie A. 

In Matchday 34, the Biancocelesti were defeated 2-1 by Juventus while the Rossoblu drew Sassuolo 1-1.

As it stands in the top flight of Italian football, Simone Inzaghi’s team sits in fourth with a record of 21W-6D-7L (69 points), while Walter Zenga’s side sits in eleventh with a record of 10W-12D-12 (42 points).

Looking at the previous ten matches between the two sides, the Biancocelesti have won on eight occasions, the Rossoblu have won on zero occasions and there have been two draws.

In more recent times, Lazio defeated Cagliari 2-1 at the Sardegna Arena in Matchday 16 of the 2019/20 campaign.

Expected Starting Lineups

Simone Inzaghi, Source- Official S.S.Lazio
Simone Inzaghi, Source- Official S.S.Lazio

Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Luis Alberto, Jony; Caicedo, Immobile.

Suspended: None

Unavailable: Radu, Lulic, Lucas Leiva

Yellow-Carded: Acerbi, Bastos, Cataldi, Lazzari, Lucas Leiva

Walter Zenga, Source- Getty Images
Walter Zenga, Source- Getty Images

Cagliari (3-5-2): Cragno; Pisacane, Ceppitelli, Klavan; Faragò, Nandez, Ionita, Rog, Mattiello; Joao Pedro, Simeone.

Suspended: Carboni

Unavailable: Oliva, Pellegrini, Nainggolan, Pavoletti

Yellow-Carded: Lykogiannis, Nandez, Rog, Simeone

Prediction

This match takes place after Lazio lost 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. It was a hard-fought effort but the Biancocelesti fell short aside from this match being one of their stronger performances in recent times. Simone Inzaghi’s side is in poor form; they are winless in their last five matches. Ciro Immobile continues to lead the way up front, scoring his 30th goal this season which puts him in a tie for first place with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Italian continues to impress for Lazio, as he’s scored three goals in three of their last six matches. The striker is starting to show good form and will look to continue his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain’s Serie A record of 36 goals.

In Cagliari’s recent match against Sassuolo, Francesco Caputo opened the scoring for the Neroverdi in the first half. Although leading in the match, Gli Isolani scored in the second half to tie the game. João Pedro scored his eighteenth goal to help Cagliari secure a point after a disappointing match against Sampdoria. The club will look to build off their recent performance as Lazio have struggled in recent times and are winless in their last five matches. Gli Isolani started their Serie A season winning four of their first six matches. Additionally, Cagliari went undefeated in fourteen straight matches but since their streak ended to Lazio, they have struggled to regain their form. They sit ten points above Lecce and have secured a spot for next season in Serie A. Cagliari are winless in their past six matches, their last victory against Lazio dates back to May 2013, when they won 1-0.

In all, both sides are strong and have been performing above expectations this season. At this stage of the season, Lazio will look to solidify their spot into Champions League for next season. This being said, Inzaghi’s side will look to overcome injuries and follow up from their strong performance versus Juventus. While Cagliari will aim to delay Lazio’s return to Champions League.

Prediction: Lazio 2-0 Cagliari