Lazio v Fiorentina – Stadio Olimpico at 17:00 Live at BT Sport
Lazio’s stunning winning streak was ended at nine games as the Biancocelesti were beaten 2-1 in the Rome derby last Sunday. Simone Inzaghi assigned full blame for his side’s defeat in the Derby della Capitale on his own defender, Bastos.
The Angolan was responsible for tripping Aleksandar Kolarov in the box, which allowed Diego Perotti to score from the penalty spot, and coughed up the ball to Radja Nainggolan, only minutes later, before the Roma star doubled the lead.
It was a disappointing display from a side that had performed so terrifically in the previous two months, even triumphing away at Juventus. The Biancocelesti had bagged 28 points from their first 11 league matches, won on nine occasions, plundered 31 goals and boast a +19 goal difference – all club records.
Lazio can bounce back
Lazio will have had little time to lick their wounds with Europa League action returning on Thursday before a Serie A clash at home to Fiorentina on Sunday but the Romans should be backed to bounce back here with a -0.75 Asian Handicap appealing at 1.89.
The Eagles have W15-D3-L6 in league outings at the Stadio Olimpico under Inzaghi’s watch – a 63% win ratio with 11 (46%) of those victories achieved by a two-goal margin. Indeed, all three of their wins in the capital this term have all arrived by more than a solitary strike.
Fiorentina not the force of old
Fiorentina’s eighth-place finish last term was their worst since 2011/12 and as a result, Stefano Pioli was brought in to replace Paulo Sousa in the coaching hot-seat. La Viola was particularly poor on their travels and have suffered defeats in half of their games as guests since the start of last season.
Last term only Sassuolo and Torino were worse defensively outside the bottom four when playing away and the Florence-based club as they suffered some heavy defeats at the top sides, conceding at least three at Napoli, Roma, Lazio and Inter.
Pioli’s job was made doubly difficult following a poor summer in the transfer window. Home starlet Federico Bernardeschi joined Juventus and Matias Vecino left for Inter Milan whilst club icons Gonzalo Rodriguez and Borja Valero also moved on to pastures new amongst a whole host of other departures.
Frustrated fans protested against the ownership with the moneymen eventually agreeing to put the club up for sale. Such instability off the field and an almost brand new XI has led to many inconsistent displays from La Viola including four defeats from four fixtures against teams inside the top-six. A fifth reverse beckons in Rome on Sunday evening.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Lazio -0.75 at 1.877
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