Fiorentina will look to leapfrog Lazio when they meet at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in the Serie A on Sunday night.
La Viola are currently 9th in the league table, with 12 points from 8 games, the same as Lazio, who are ahead due to superior goal difference. A win coupled with favorable results elsewhere could see either of the teams rise to 5th while the opposite fortune for either team could see them drop into the second half of the table. After all, 15th-placed Verona are just 3 points behind.
After a 16th-placed finish last season, Vincenzo Montella’s side is performing better this season and will look to get back to winning ways, especially after the 0-0 draw against Brescia last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, Lazio are mixing European football with Serie A, due to their current involvement in the group stage of the Europa League. Simone Inzaghi’s side lost to Celtic midweek and will look to make amends this time around.Embed from Getty Images
Thus, two teams with European ambitions for next season will look to give their all in what promises to be an enticing fixture.
In terms of team news, Montella has a clean bill of health barring Aleksa Terzic, who is out with nose surgery. Meanwhile, their visitors boast of a similar availability with Inzaghi having the luxury to pick his preferred personnel for this game.
Head-To-Head and Fiorentina vs Lazio Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, the duo met 151 teams in their entire history, with Fiorentina winning 50 to Lazio’s 58. The capital club’s domination becomes more evident when we look at the recent 10 meetings with Lazio winning 6 to Fiorentina’s 2.
This fixture last season ended in a 1-1 draw and the home side will be looking to better that result this time around. Their form definitely gives them a chance. La Viola are undefeated since losing the first 2 games of the season and have won 3 of their last 5 games.
On the other hand, their visitors are not in the best of form, picking up just 6 points from the last 5 games and winless in their last 3 games across all competitions. Further, the Europa League exertions could play into the home team’s favor as well.
Thus, recent history and head-to-head favor Lazio while current form and fitness are with Fiorentina making this a great contest. Therefore, both sides can be expected to score in this one with the home side winning a hard-fought 2-1 at the end of 90 minutes.
Fiorentina Predicted XI: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Pol Lirola, Pulgar, Badelj, Castrovilli, Dalbert Henrique; Chiesa, Ribery
Lazio Predicted XI: Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Immobile, Correa