26th of January 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
Third-placed Lazio are looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions when they visit seventh-placed AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on Sunday. Lazio won the reverse fixture 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome thanks to a hat-trick from striker Ciro Immobile. That was the first victory for Lazio over AC Milan after a string of four matches without a victory and two wins for the Rossoneri in direct matches. Overall, each of the two sides have won two matches out of the last six direct clashes.
AC Milan are having another poor season, despite having spent heavily on new players last summer. They are seventh in the Serie A table after 21 matches, no less than twelve points behind fourth-placed Inter and fifteen points behind Lazio. However, the Rossoneri are showing some signs of improvement after interim head coach Gennaro Gattuso, with two consecutive wins after the turn of the year. Ricardo Rodriguez is suspended for this match, while Andrea Conti and Marco Storari are injured.
Lazio are performing above expectations so far this season and they finally seem capable of qualifying for the Champions League. They have lost just three of their 21 league matches so far this season and are coming into this game after three consecutive wins with an impressive thirteen goals scored. Last week they eased to a 3-0 victory past Udinese at home, even without striker Ciro Immobile. The forward will face a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's match, while Davide Di Gennaro will definitely miss out.
Milan: Donnarumma - Abate, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Calabria - Bonaventura, Biglia, Kessie - Suso, Kalinic, Calhanoglu
Lazio: Strakosha - Caceres, De Vrij, Radu - Marusic, Leiva, Parolo, Lulic - Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic - Anderson
My prediction: Lazio to win 2-1.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Milan win - 2.37
Draw - 3.29
Lazio win - 2.89
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Lazio doing just great this season, not many experts though they would be third with less then half a season to go, in front of teams like Roma, Inter and Milan.
They have all the chances to retain that position but games like this in Milan would show how big their ambitions are in fact, Lazio cant afford to loose this but maybe Gattuso and his players have other plans...
2-3 Lazio win.
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