Lazio hosts AS Roma in round 18 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Friday, January 15th at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Simone Inzaghi's team worked wonders in the last seasons of the Italian elite, when it finished above the venerable giants despite limited human and financial resources. Unfortunately, miracles don't last forever. Without enhancement, it is difficult for the coaching staff to squeeze 150% of the opportunities out of the players every year. Beyond that, Lazio played in the Champions League, where it earned a ticket to the playoffs. The capital club continues to conduct strange work in the transfer market. Pepe Reina, Hoedt, Escalante, Akpro, and Fares are incomprehensible characters with a clear lack of class (an experienced goalkeeper was a priori taken for the role of a deep reservist). Muriqi from Fenerbahce was the only decent purchase, but the Kosovan is not showing his best football. The team continues to be pulled by those who did it for the last 2-3 seasons (Immobile, Luis Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic, Acerbi, Strakosha, and Luis Felipe).
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Roma is another Italian club that had a disastrous segment at the start of the season. By the middle of the competitive distance, the Wolves gained amazing momentum and broke into the top three of the tournament standings. Roma played at a measured pace in the Europa League group stage - first place in the quartet with a regular rotation of the regular squad and good prospects for competing for the prestigious European Cup trophy. Paulo Fonseca gradually changed the lineup of the Roman club, as he had not an opportunity to work with top stars. But the Wolves invited the high-quality footballers who failed to prove themselves in the top clubs. Beyond that, the club counts on talented youth. Mkhitaryan, Mancini, Veretout, Cristante, Smalling, Pedro, and Zaniolo are showing perfect football in Roma.
The statistics of head-to-head confrontations between these teams speak in favor of pragmatic football with mutual chances of success. The Italian Championship is at a competitive stage when every loss of points can be fatal. Therefore, clubs will be cautious on the pitch. One should not expect high scoring here.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.5 goals scored