Fiorentina v Lazio – Serie A Betting Preview and Prediction
Fiorentina and Lazio are set to clash at Stadio Artemio Franchi in round nine of Serie A, which is bound to be an exciting match featuring two teams who sit tied at eighth place in the league with 12 points apiece. That said, a win here would get one of the squads in an excellent position to break into the top six should Roma or Cagliari drop points on Sunday, making it a match no team will want to drop points in.
Fiorentina looking to continue their strong home form
Fiorentina are entering game nine of the season with a 3-3-2 record to their name, which is a solid result to hold, considering how bad the Viola looked like at the start of their 2019/20 campaign. Looking back Fiorentina dropped both of their opening games. First on the menu was Napoli, who outclassed Fiorentina on their home soil 3:4 and while it was not a terrible result, considering Fiorentina put up a solid fight, their defeat (2:1) against Genoa that followed was nothing to brag about. On that day Fiorentina displayed once more how vulnerable they can be in the back, and while they do possess strong attack even that was not strong enough to turn the match into their favor.
That said, something obviously clicked in the team during the two-week break. In round three Fiorentina chipped a point off the reigning Serie A champions Juventus, which started a solid run of seven consecutive fixtures without a defeat across all competitions. Looking back at Fiorentina last three league fixtures, La Viola took down AC Milan (1:3), edged past Udinese (1:0) and ended their most recent match with a stalemate against Brescia (0:0) at Stadio Mario Rigamonti. In the said fixture, the Fiorentina strikers looked slightly lost, as we did expect to see more from them. They created a handful of solid chances, but as the score suggests none of them were converted into a goal. Despite that, Fiorentina did not look as bad as the final score would suggest and would La Viole be slightly luckier on that night, they would have easily walked away with all three points, something they will try to do here.
Lazio looking to continue strong record against Fiorentina
Lazio enter the Sunday’s fixture with a 3-3-2 record next to their name and two consecutive draws behind them. Looking back at Lazio’s last five league fixtures, le Aquile defeated Parma (2:0), lost to Inter (1:0), crushed Genoa (4:0), drew with Bologna (2:2) and most recently drew with Atalanta (3:3). Lazio’s clash with Atlanta saw the hosts produce a remarkable comeback after being 0:3 down heading into the second half. While it’s easy to praise Lazio for their comeback, we have to ask ourselves how Simone Inzaghi’s men even got into a position where they were 0:3 down by the end of the first half. The answer to that is rather simple. Lazio defended very poorly and should Atalanta take better advantage of that, this match could have ended very badly for Lazio.
Unfortunately, their defensive issues translated into their Europa League campaign, where Lazio lost to Celtics (2:1), which puts them in a very unenviable position, where they sit three points behind CFR Cluj and four points behind Celtics with only three more rounds to go.
Verdict & Prediction
Last time these two sides met at Stadio Artemio Franchi, they shared one point apiece (1:1). And while there is a possibility this one will end in a draw as well, we have some concerns about the visitors here, considering they are 0-1-4 in the last five road games. Fiorentina on the other side are 3-1-1 in the last five home fixtures, which clearly shows who will enter this fixture with an advantage. Adding to that, Fiorentina are entering this fixture with a full squad available, whereas Lazio will miss Kishna and Proto. All things considered, Lazio are in our eyes very vulnerable and while Fiorentina did disappoint with their stalemate against Brescia, they are in our eyes still a stronger team, especially at home soil.
Prediction: Fiorentina +0.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.88 Pinnacle