Serie A Preview: Lazio Hoping to Extend Unbeaten Streak Against Salernitana

By Jerry Mancini -

Lazio take on Salernitana at the Stadio Olimpico in Matchday 12 of the 2021/22 Serie A.

Lazio Team News & Expected Starting Lineup

Lazio have a record of 5W-3D-3L (18 points) and sit in 6th place in Serie A.

In their recent league match against Atalanta, Lazio dropped vital points as Marten de Roon scored in the final minute and tied the match 2-2. Duvan Zapata scored La Dea’s other goal while Pedro and Ciro Immobile found the back of the net for the Biancocelesti.

The past few weeks have been difficult for Lazio due to the condensed schedule between the Serie A and Europa League. This is their final match before the international break and Mattia Zaccagni could be returning to the lineup. This would be welcoming for Maurizio Sarri and Lazio, as Pedro and Felipe Anderson have played significant minutes this season.

Expected Starting Lineup

Lazio (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Luiz Felipe, Francesco Acerbi, Adam Marusic; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile, Pedro.

Player to Watch

Ciro Immobile has been at his best in recent times. In their mid-week match versus Marseille in the Europa League, he was voted Man of the Match. In addition, the Italian reached a significant milestone as he scored his 160th goal for the club, surpassing Silvio Piola to become the all-time leading goalscorer.

Immobile has scored in three of his past four Serie A matches and four of his past six matches across all competitions. He will look to continue on this positive run of form against Salernitana. So far in Serie A, the 31-year-old has started in every match but one due to an injury, scoring ten goals and providing two assists between the Serie A and Europa League.

Salernitana Team News & Expected Starting Lineup

Salernitana have a record of 2W-1D-8L (7 points) and sit in 19th place in the top flight of Italian football.

In their recent league match against Napoli, they were defeated 1-0. Piotr Zielinski scored to give the Partenopei the win. It was a feisty affair as both sides received red cards. Franck Ribery had an outstanding match for the Granata as he was relentless and gave his side a chance until the end to win.

Concerning absences, Matteo Ruggeri, Leonardo Capezzi, Lassana Coulibaly, Luka Bogdan and Mamadou Coulibaly will be unavailable to Stefano Colantuono. In addition, Grigoris Kastanos will miss the match as he is serving a one game suspension.

Expected Starting Lineup

Salernitana (4-3-1-2): Vid Belec; Nadir Zortea, Norbert Gyomber, Stefan Strandberg, Luca Ranieri; Joel Obi, Francesco Di Tacchio, Andrea Schiavone; Franck Ribery; Simy, Federico Bonazzoli.

Player to Watch

Federico Bonazzoli, who is currently on loan from Sampdoria, will lead the lines against Lazio. The Italian striker has started in ten of eleven Serie A matches for the Granata, managing to find the net twice. In addition, the 24-year-old is the only player on the team to have more than one goal this season.

Match Prediction

Lazio and Salernitana have met four times in Serie A with both winning two games apiece. The last time they played each other was back in March 2019 where the Biancocelesti won 6-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Salernitana have struggled as the visitor this season as they have one win in five matches away from the Arechi Stadium. During that span, they have conceded 11 goals.

Although defending has been an issue for Lazio (as they have just one clean sheet in the last 11 Serie A matches), scoring has not been in recent times, as they have scored two or more goals in four of their past five matches across all competitions.

Lazio 3-1 Salernitana

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