Lazio Rome vs. FC Empoli / Serie A – First match in the 23rd round of Serie A is a duel of teams that are at the border of two zones. Lazio is fighting for placement on the European scene and they are currently one place below the positions that lead to Europa League, but without a point backlog. Empoli is struggling to survive and they currently occupy a position just above the relegation zone, with one point more than that zone. Lazio has defeated Empoli as guest with 1-0 in the first part of the season.
Lazio Rome vs. FC Empoli begins 07.02.2019 at 20:30 CET
Lazio is fighting for placement on the European scene and they are currently on the seventh place, but the teams above them are very close, so even the fourth place that leads to the Champions League is not unattainable. Lazio had a recent mini-crisis when they did not defeat anyone for three rounds, but it should be said that they played against two top-ranked teams during that period, Juventus and Napoli, and lost both games. They have played a draw with Torino, while they returned to their winning habits in the last round against Frosinone.
It was not a very shinny performance, but F.Caiced’s goal was enough for three points. Lazio’s players were exhausted after their match in the Cup quarter-finals, when they played extra time against Inter, and then won placement in the semi-finals after the penalty. Coach Inzaghi has made a lot of changes to refresh the team for their match against Frosinone, with the proviso that Walace and L.Alberto got injured. Now Parolo cannot play because of yellow cards.
Probable lineups Lazio Rome: Strakosha – Bastos, Acerbi, Radu – Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Badelj, Berisha, Durmisi – F.Caicedo, Immobile
Empoli was already in the relegation zone this season, but they have managed to get out of it after a series of four matches without defeat. After that positive series, they have made a new negative series and are therefore now back in the relegation zone. The aforementioned series has started with four defeats in a row, and they were seven rounds without a triumph. In the previous three rounds, they managed to play at least two draws when they were not able to win. They had slightly easier rivals in these three games, but they still did not manage to celebrate.
They played a draw with Cagliari, then lost to Genoa in their field, while they only played a draw with Chievo in the last round. A common thing in these three matches is that they scored four goals in each of them, which means that Empoli is achieving goals easily, but receive goals even easier. They had a lead against Cagliari until the injury time, while they against Chievo in the previous round they compensated for two goals backlog. The hero of the match was a double shooter Caputo, while coach Iachini did not change the team too much. They had brought some interesting boosts this winter, and striker Farias got the chance in the starting lineup.
Probable lineups FC Empoli: Provedel – Veseli, Silvestre, Rasmussen – di Lorenzo, Traore, Bennacer, Krunić, Pasqual – Caputo, Farias
Lazio Rome vs. FC Empoli PICK
Lazio has come out of the crisis and the confirmation is placement in the Cup semi-finals, as well as the victory in the last round. Empoli, on the other hand, did not succeed in breaking their negative series although they had some easier matches. It is hard to expect that they can do something more at Olimpico.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1.5 Lazio
Odds: 1.99 at bethard (down to 1.90 can be played)
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