Lazio v Bologna – Stadio Olimpico at 19:30 GMT+1 live at Premier Sports
Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi hinted he could leave after winning the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night. Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa notched two late goals to break Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico, as the Aquile won their seventh domestic cup title in midweek.
The Biancocelesti boss hit back at “gratuitous criticism”, saying, “I thought I’d be protected a little more.” Lazio are adamant Inzaghi is staying, but the current incumbent isn’t entirely convinced following a poor Serie A campaign that’s left Champions League qualification unreachable with two games to play.
The Romans have fallen short against Serie A’s leading lights and their inconsistent campaign has frustrated fans. Lazio have managed just W5-D2-L4 since their famous derby success over Roma with Inzaghi’s constant tinkering with formation and personnel playing their part in Lazio’s muddled efforts.
However, the Biancocelesti have tended to be strong operators when welcoming bottom-half outfits to the Stadio Olimpico and they’ll be keen to sign off in style. Indeed, eight of Lazio’s nine home triumphs this term have arrived against clubs occupying a bottom-half position coming into this weekend.
Over the course of Inzaghi’s reign at the club, the hosts have actually returned a very strong W27-D4-L5 when entertaining the same sample of guests in the capital, with 21 (58%) of those ties featuring three or more goals. And that’s the angle of attack I’m keen to explore when Bologna pitch up at the Olimpico.
The visitors arrive in resurgent form since the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic; the Serbian joined the club on a rescue mission but few anticipated the Rossoblu returning such impressive performances, collecting W8-D2-L5 following Pippo Inzaghi’s axing.
Bologna’s revitalised results have seen the Felsinei move five points clear of the drop with their attack-minded approach paying dividends. Built around freedom of expression, the seven-time champions have scored in all bar two of their 15 outings under Mihajlovic, notching at least twice in seven of their past 10.
Eight of Bologna’s past nine outings have crossed the Over 2.5 Goals barrier, whilst nine of their most recent 14 fixtures have seen both sides score. What’s more, seven of the Rossoblu’s nine trips to the top-half this term have produced at least three goals and a repeat for Monday night’s match appears underrated.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.830
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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