Lazio vs Brescia: Match Preview, Lineups, Prediction

Lazio vs Brescia
Lazio vs Brescia

Lazio vs Brescia: Match Preview

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the Stadio Olimpico hosts Lazio vs Brescia in Matchday 37 of the 2019/20 Serie A. The Head Referee for the clash will be Luca Massimi, the Assistant Referees will be Fiorito and Mastrodonato, the Fourth Official will be Guida, and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be Di Paolo with the assistance of Longo. 

As it stands in the top flight of Italian football, the Biancocelesti sit in fourth with a record of 23W-6D-7L (75 points), while the Biancazzurri sit in nineteenth with a record of 6W-6D-24 (24 points); in Matchday 36Simone Inzaghi’s team defeated Hellas Verona 5-1 while Diego López’s side was defeated by Parma 2-1.

Looking at the previous matches between the two sides, Lazio have won on five occasions, Brescia have won on three occasions, and there has been one draw. In more recent times, the Biancocelesti defeated the Biancazzurri 2-1 at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti in Matchday 18 of the 2019/20 campaign.

Expected Starting Lineups

Simone Inzaghi, Source- Getty Images
Simone Inzaghi, Source- Getty Images

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

Suspended: Lazzari

Unavailable: Radu, Lulic, Lucas Leiva, Felipe Caicedo

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

Brescia (4-4-2): Joronen; Sabelli, Papetti, Mateju, Mangraviti; Spalek, Tonali, Bjarnason, Zmrhal; Torregrossa, Ayè.

Suspended: Dessena

Unavailable: Donnarumma, Skrabb, Cistana, Bisoli

Yellow-Carded: Papetti

Prediction

This match takes place after Lazio won 5-1 at the Marcantonio Bentegodi against Hellas Verona. It was a deserved result for the Biancocelesti, who were the stronger side for most of the match. Immobile continues to have a strong season as the striker scored his 32nd, 33rd and 34th goal. The forward scored his second hat-trick this season and has a chance of breaking Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals with two matches remaining. Additionally, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa each scored in Lazio’s win. The Biancocelesti are starting to have players return from injury which has made Inzaghi’s job of fielding a lineup an easier task. Lazio has been in good form as of late as they have won two straight matches and are aiming to finish in a top-three spot. Brescia’s last victory against Lazio dates back to May 2004, when they won 2-1.

As for the Biancazzurri, they are headed back to Serie B. The team’s troubles have stemmed throughout the year and there are two matches remaining until they close their Serie A season. Due to the inconsistency and poor form of the squad this season, Brescia decided to relieve Eugenio Corini earlier in the year of his duties and replace him with Fabio Grosso. In the short time that he was with the club, Grosso went on to lose all three matches he coached while conceding ten goals and scoring none. After his three matches, Brescia decided to make another managerial change, this time bringing back Corini to replace Grosso. The return of Corini wasn’t long as he was replaced by Lopez after nine matches. It has been a disastrous season for Brescia who has made countless changes in the managerial role, which hasn’t worked out well. In their recent match against Parma, Matteo Darmian opened the scoring for Parma in the second half. Although they took the lead late in the match, Brescia scored shortly afterwards to tie the match 1-1; Dejan Kulusevski scored late in the second half to avoid losing to Brescia and preserve the win.

Lazio is three points behind Atalanta, sitting in third place, while Brescia is currently in nineteenth place and has been relegated to Serie B.

Prediction: Lazio 4-0 Brescia