Lazio have completely turned around its form so far in 2021.
Over the first half of the season, Lazio looked as if the side would not be among the teams competing for a top-four spot in the Serie A table. After Matchday 19, before the winter break, they sat in seventh place with a record of 10W-4D-5L (34 points); nine points away from league leaders AC Milan.
As a result of playing in the UEFA Champions League and putting most of their energy towards the European competition, although they progressed out of their group to the Round of 16, they struggled to find consistent form in Serie A.
While they managed to hold their own against most of the other top sides in the league in the first half of the season (1-1 draw with Inter, 1-1 draw with Juventus, 2-0 victory over Napoli, 3-0 victory over Roma), they lost games to mid-to-lower tier clubs that they should not have. This included the likes of a 3-0 loss to Sampdoria, a 3-1 loss to Udinese and a 2-1 loss to Hellas Verona.
In addition to not scoring as many goals as they had done compared to previous seasons, they were also conceding goals like crazy; something that was expected by most Laziali due to the club’s failure to properly reinforce the backline. They had a goal differential of just +6 (32 goals scored, 26 conceded) at the halfway point of the 2020/21 season. This was the eighth-best total at the time; Inter had the highest goal differential (+22). However, Lazio have switched the script thanks to its strong play over the past few months.
As noted by Transfermarkt, Lazio have recorded 43 points over 19 matches in 2021. This ranks fourth among all teams in Serie A behind Inter Milan (49), Atalanta (47) and Juventus (45). It is noteworthy that Lazio have played either one or two matches fewer than each of these select teams. Furthermore, they are currently on an 11 match winning streak at home – a new club record – which has contributed massively to their success this calendar year; they rank third in Serie A for most points acquired at home in the 2020/21 season (38) behind only Juventus (41 points) and Inter (43 points).
While Lazio still has ways to go to make a late push for a possible top-four spot in the league table, the Biancocelesti will look to continue churning out positive results in the final stretch of the season. When watching the Biancocelesti play in their last five fixtures, why not try inplay betting? They take on Fiorentina this weekend at the Stadio Artemio Franchi; afterwards, they have matches against Parma and Torino at home and fixtures against Roma and Sassuolo away to end off the season.