Lazio’s Serie A title challenge resumes when they travel to face Atalanta in Wednesday’s 8:45pm kick-off.
Simone Inzaghi’s men are currently four points behind league leaders Juventus, with the reigning champions having played one game more, and returned to action with a win against Bologna on Monday.
Lazio can reduce that gap to one point again this week in order to advance their quest for just their third Serie A title (and first since 2000). However, Wednesday’s opponents are arguably the most exciting team in Italy this season and chasing a top-four finish of their own.
Atalanta are currently fourth in the table, six points clear of fifth-placed Roma, thanks to an excellent 4-1 win over Sassuolo at the weekend. It was the seventh Serie A game this season in which Atalanta scored four goals or more.
Meanwhile, in Serie A, Atalanta score 4+ goals in a league game for the seventh time this season.
— Jake Entwistle (@JakeEntwistle) June 21, 2020
La Dea also have a good record against Lazio in particular, having gone unbeaten in the past five matches between the two sides including a 3-3 draw earlier this season.
Where to watch Atalanta vs Lazio on TV:
UK: Premier Sports 1
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Atalanta & Lazio’s previous line-ups:
Atalanta (vs Sassuolo): Gollini; Djimsiti, Caldara, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Pasalic*, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Zapata.
Lazio (vs Bologna): Strakosha; Radu, Luiz Felipe*, Patric; Lazzari, Luis Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas*, Jony; Correa, Immobile.
Mario Pasalic, whose permanent move from Chelsea was confirmed on Monday, will be absent from Wednesday’s game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Sassuolo. Meanwhile Lazio are without Luiz Felipe and Lucas Leiva through injury.
Players to watch:
Atalanta: Duvan Zapata was the star of Atalanta’s win over Sassuolo at the weekend, where the Colombian striker continued his excellent campaign at the head of the attack. Scoring twice, Zapata took his Serie A tally for the season to 13, meaning he is second only to Josip Ilicic among the Atalanta squad in that respect. And it is Ilicic’s presence with 15 goals that causes Zapata to be overlooked at times for his impact on Atalanta’s team. But his influence cannot be denied. Including assists, Zapata has been directly involved in 18 Serie A games this season, with only four players managing more across the league, including Ilicic. This comes despite Zapata only playing 16 Serie A games due to an injury sustained midway through the campaign. The Colombian has also been responsible for five of the past 11 goals Atalanta have scored in the league, adding his brace against Sassuolo to a hat-trick in a 7-2 win over Lecce prior to the suspension.
Lazio: Ciro Immobile. Lazio have their own goalscorer extraordinaire in the form of Immobile, an Italian who is chasing history. In 26 appearances so far this season, Immobile has scored 27 goals. This puts him five points clear at the top of the Capocannoniere standings in his bid to become just the ninth player to win the trophy three times. The Italian is also just nine goals away from equalling the record for most goals scored in a single Serie A season, with Gino Rossetti and Gonzalo Higuain reaching 36 in 1928/29 and 2015/16 respectively. And it isn’t inconceivable that Immobile will break the record, given his average of 1.11 goals per 90 minutes this season and there still being 12 games remaining. Not to mention he scored twice in the reserve fixture against Atalanta earlier in the campaign. But Immobile has also done his bit for his teammates, recording seven assists so far this season. Across Europe’s top five leagues, only Lionel Messi (35) and Robert Lewandowski (37) have been directly involved in more goals.
Scoreline prediction: Atalanta 4-2 Lazio
LEAGUE 2019/20 recent form:
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- Lazio: DWWWW