Lazio hosts Atalanta in the most interesting Serie A game this weekend. Both sides have massive problems with injured and absent players, but that won’t affect the respective game plans. The Eagles and La Dea like to play open and offensive without minding too much about the defense. In recent times, these teams posted solid results and winning there would be a great boost for the upcoming part of the year.
Lazio (+200) had to go through overtime to beat Udinese in Copa Italia this midweek. A minimal win was captured in the 106th minute when Ciro Immobile netted following Cataldi’s assist. That was the fifth consecutive contest at Olimpico without losing the Eagles, but four saw the regular time ending without scores.
The proof for our claim that Lazio plays attacking-minded football is the next stat. Eight of the last ten matches they had ended with over 2.5 goals and seven with hits on both ends.
Overall, they posted just two losses during that stretch, four draws, and four wins. However, we need to stress that the rivals were mostly mediocre units, like Udinese, Salernitana, Venezia, etc.
Atalanta (+135) missed a perfect chance to get back into the title race, playing just 0-0 at home with the current leaders, Inter. If they had won, they would not only cut the gap, but have the chance to reach even closer because La Dea has a game in hand.
The amazing fact is that three of Atalanta’s latest four games finished with both teams not scoring. That is something we didn’t use to see from Gasperini’s squad, who is one of the most efficient in the entire Europe. La Dea is without a loss in eight consecutive road trips, winning six times with two draws, which is something we need to mention as well.
Now, something about Atalanta’s away games. Only one in the most recent ten saw under 2.5 goals, and two both teams not to score. That tells you a lot about the way this crew plays.
Acerbi, Akpa Akpro, Cataldi, and Pedro won’t play for sure. All have some injuries apart from Cataldi, who is suspended due to yellow cards. Anderson, Basic, Radu, and Zaccagni are doubtful.
Among the guests, Gosens and Zapata are out. The latter’s absence is a massive blow for La Dea. Hateboer, Ilicic, and Malinovsky are questionable.
Head to Head Games
The first meeting of the season saw four goals and a draw at Gewiss Stadium, 2-2. That was the sixth straight head-to-head meeting with both teams netting and with over 3.5 goals.
Previous clash at Olimpico ended with Atalanta’s 1-4 victory and complete demolition of the hosts.
As you already realized, when Lazio and Atalanta square off, fireworks are all over the place. It is a pleasure to watch these teams, and we think it won’t be different this time. Our first and the most safest suggestion is to bet on over 2.5 goals, with the current odds on that at -166. A bit riskier solution would be over 1.5 HT, and the odds on that are +135, which is a great offer when looking at the overall situation.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -166
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