Sassuolo - Lazio Prediction and Analysis
Sassuolo hosts Lazio in a match of the 18th round of the Italian Serie A.
Both teams are in unconvincing form in the last rounds of the championship.
And while for Sassuolo this is somewhat expected given that they are only 2 positions above the danger zone.
The disappointment is from the Lazio team, which does not hide its ambitions to participate in Europe in the fall.
Maurizio Sarri's side must return to winning ways immediately.
Because otherwise, he may irrevocably lose the opportunity to get into the Top 4 at the end of the season.
Even though the Romans are the more likely winner of this pair for me, there's something missing for me to fully trust them.
Therefore, I will rely on a goal prediction today.
The football statistics of both teams favor the "goal/goal + over 2.5 goals" option.
That's how 5 of Sassuolo's last 6 matches have ended, as well as 4 of Lazio's 5.
Also, I decided to add Ciro Immobile as a top scorer .
The Italian international made his return from long-term injury with a goal in the 1-2 loss to Lecce.
There is also a curious trend for him.
Immobile are unbeaten in their previous 8 Serie A matches in which they have scored against Sassuolo - 7 wins and 1 draw.
Sassuolo - statistics and info
2023 marks the tenth anniversary of Sassuolo's first entry into Serie A.
In that regard, their fans would have hoped for a much better start to the year than they did.
The green and blacks have suffered 2 consecutive 1-2 defeats since the resumption of the campaign against Sampdoria and Fiorentina.
These two losses left Alessio Dionisi's men in the bottom five of the standings .
But still a relatively comfortable seven points ahead of danger.
In addition, these losses are part of a series of matches without a victory in Calcioto - 6 in number , since October.
Five of those were losses.
It is also the same month that Sassuolo last kept a clean sheet.
Like all of their next four home games, they saw the visitors open the scoring first .
Lazio - statistics and info
Lazio's start to 2023 has been similarly difficult with one loss and one draw.
Despite the fact that the Eagles played with modest opponents in these matches - Lecce and Empoli.
In the last round , the Romans let a 2-goal lead slip away at home to Empoli (2-2 draw).
Which is a mid-table team.
That collapse led coach Maurizio Sarri to identify "a big difficulty at a mental level" as the main culprit.
And not physical weakness as the main problem for these poor results.
However, he hinted that there will be no drastic changes to the squad during the winter transfer window.
After these mediocre results, Lazio is now 3 points behind fourth placed Inter.
It's still only January.
But Albiceleste fans know that the margin for error in their pursuit of a Champions League spot is now slim.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Pegolo; Tolian, Erlich, Ferrari, Rogerio; Fratesi, Enrique, Traore; Berardi, Alvarez, Lauriente
Injured: Consili, Pinamonti, Muldur, Lopez
Lineup: Conducted; Hisai, Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Threats