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Lazio vs AC Milan
When: Monday, April 26 – 20:45 CEST
Where: Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy
Weather: Cloudy, 18°C
Referee: Daniele Orsato
AC Milan are the best team in Italy when it comes to playing on the road. So far, they’ve won 13 away games and dropped points in only two – with one loss and one draw. What might be on their minds, however, is that they’re playing against one of the best home teams in Serie A tonight.
Lazio have won their previous 10 home games, which is the longest home-game streak in the league. Still, the last time a Lazio vs AC Milan took place in Rome, it was the Rossoneri who came away with a commanding 3-0 victory.
Lazio Looking to Secure a Place in the Europa League
Lazio’s arch-rivals AS Roma are just one place behind them in the Serie A rankings, with three points fewer. This means that there’s still a chance AS Roma can overtake Lazio’s before the end of the season. If that happens, Lazio would lose their ticket to next season’s Europa League.
On the bright side for Lazio fans, their team has played two games fewer than AS Roma. So, a win tonight would be a huge step towards their Euro ambitions.
In fact, claiming all three points would even make qualifying for the Champions League a realistic goal. Currently, Lazio are eight points off the last available Serie A UCL slot.
Beating AC Milan, however, is something this team hasn’t done since 2019. The two games they played in 2020 saw Lazio conceding a total of six goals while scoring only two.
Still, there are some hints that Lazio might be in for a good result tonight. For instance, their coach Simone Inzaghi is back after a battle with COVID-19. Furthermore, Brazilian defender Luis Felipe could also make his comeback tonight.
AC Milan Determined to Reclaim #2 Spot
AC Milan lost to Sassuolo at home in the previous round, after having a 1-0 lead at half time. As a result, they dropped from the second spot, which is now occupied by Atalanta who hold two points more.
However, AC Milan have a game in hand to Atalanta, which means that by winning tonight, the visitors would leapfrog them. Obviously, that’s good enough of a reason for AC Milan players to give all they got tonight.
They will miss Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Scoring hasn’t been an issue for this team, with or without Ibra in the squad. Their Achilles’ heel has been their defence.
AC Milan have conceded a goal in each of their previous eight games in all competitions. The last time they kept a clean sheet was in early March against Verona.
Still, patching the holes in the back is something that they’ve been working on, especially after conceding two to Sassuolo in the previous round. Doing better in the back could be the key to success against Lazio.
Lazio vs AC Milan Betting Picks
AC Milan have proved many times that they can score against literally anyone. We should see them scoring some against Lazio and if their defence holds up, AC Milan should take all three points from their trip to the Italian capital.
Prediction: AC Milan +0.25 – 1.87 Pinnacle
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