Lazio take on Empoli on Serie A matchday 33. The game will be played at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, April 17th.
Simone Inzaghi’s debut as Lazio manager was bigger than expected. Lazio took 3-0 away victory over struggling Palermo and had chances to score a lot more goals. There was only one team on the field as Lazio had 70% possession and had 2-0 lead by 14th minute. Appointing the new head coach gave the team wings and Lazio showed the best performance of the season. Today’s hosts have all the chances to show the same top-level football against Empoli. There are no injured players and Simone can count on all his best players again. Moreover, Lazio were great in home games against teams outside of top-7 even with their previous manager, recording 8 wins and 3 draws in clashes with mid-table and lowly teams. As we all know, Empoli aren’t Serie A top-7.
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Empoli, in turn, rarely take points in away clashes with teams from top-10. There was no single victory in these games, only 2 draws and 6 defeat in 8 matches on the road against teams from top part of the standings. In addition to this record, Empoli have no motivation as they stuck in between and battle for nothing. It’s hard to show performance above average when all your objectives are reached. Empoli took only 1 point in last 5 away games so Lazio have great chance for the second win in a row.
Lazio have advantage in the head-to-head between the teams. Empoli lost their only match at Lazio 4-0 after return to top division despite Lazio being a man down since 57th minute. Empoli took only one win in last 13 matches and such poor record caused by number of injuries team suffered recently. Emotional boost after away triumph should help Lazio against weakened Empoli, who also lack motivation.
Prediction for the match: Lazio to win.