Lazio will look to prove their mettle when they host high-flying Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A on Saturday.
I Biancocelesti are currently 7th in the league table, with 11 points from 7 games. They are currently occupying the Europa League qualifiers spot, a competition they are participating in this season.
However, Simone Inzaghi’s side is just a point behind AS Roma in 5th and 2 points behind Napoli in the final UEFA Champions League spot. They are tied on points with Cagliari and Fiorentina while AC Milan in 13th place lies just 2 points behind.Embed from Getty Images
Thus, a set of bad results could see dramatic changes in the table. However, It is still early days in the season and a good performance in front of the home fans will be on the agenda as Lazio looks to finish higher than last season’s 8th place.
Coming to their opponents, Atalanta is continuing their superb form from last season which saw them finish 3rd and clinch a Champions League spot. La Dea currently lies 3rd in the table, with 16 points from 7 games.
They trail defending champions Juventus by 3 points while Inter is ahead of them by 2 points. Below them, Napoli is 3 points behind while Roma is a further point away. Thus, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side is playing well and will aim for a win to carry the momentum into the crucial Champions League games which are coming up.
In terms of team news, Inzaghi will miss the services of Lucas Leiva, who is suspended for this game. Further, Ricardo Kishna and Silvio Proto are the other two absentees for the home side.
Meanwhile, Gasperini will miss the services of star striker Duvan Zapata, who is ruled out of the game with a thigh injury. Luis Muriel is expected to take his place in the starting XI.
Last Meetings and Lazio vs Atalanta Prediction
Looking at recent history, the duo faced each other twice towards the end of last season. While Atalanta won 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A, Lazio picked up a 2-0 win in the Coppa Italia final a week later.
Further, Inzaghi’s men are pretty dominant at home, staying unbeaten in their last 8 games in front of their fans. However, they have won just twice in their last 5 league games when compared to Atalanta’s 4 in the same period.
Further, the visitors have won their last 3 league games in a row and are in much better form than their opponents. Also, in their last 5 travels, La Dea lost just once, highlighting their strength away from home as well.
Thus, the match promises to be a cracker with Atalanta nicking a 2-1 win in the end.
Lazio Predicted XI: Strakosha; Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Alberto, Lulic; Immobile, Correa
Atalanta Predicted XI: Gollini; Toloi, Kjaer, Palomino; Castagne, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic, Muriel