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Started by Harry85, Mar 17, 2018, 04:56 AM

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Match Day 29
Lazio vs Bologna
Monday, March 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Oimpico

Lazio: 
Last five matches form: L L D D W
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (24)

Bologna:
Last five matches form: L W W L L
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Simone Verdi and Mattia Destro (6)

With the race for the final Champions League spot looking like going right down to the wire, it is imperative that Lazio keep winning. Currently sitting in third, but with AC Milan and Inter breathing down their necks, and each having a game in hand, the Biancocelesti can't afford any slip ups here.

Nine points clear of the relegation zone and 13 adrift of the European positions, Bologna season seems to be drifting into no mans land, they are at least safe though and should be able to relax and play their football from here on in.

With Adam Marusic now having served his suspension, Lazio have a full squad from which to select, barring a slight doubt over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Bologna's main absentee looks like being Andre Poli, leaving a space to be filled in the midfield three.

Having lost only three of their first 21 in the League, Lazio's form has taken a dip of late, with four defeats in their last seven including two here at the Stadio Olimpico.

There has been no middle ground for Bologna away from home so far this season, with five wins and eight losses from 13 matches on the road, and not a single draw.

There could be worse times to play Lazio, with the Romans not quite hitting the heights of their early season form of late. Bologna have however shipped nine goals in their past four Seria A away games, a fact which does not bode well for their chances of containing this free scoring Lazio outfit.

Prediction: Lazio 3 - 1 Bologna

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 21 - 10
Shots on target: 4 -3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 57% - 43%

Referee Antonio Damato booked two from each side. Wallace and Bastos for Lazio, and Sebastien De Maio and Antonio Mirante for Bologna.

Lazio got off to the worst possible start here, falling behind after just three minutes. When Blerim Dxemali unleashed a piledriver from all of 30 yards, Thomas Strakosha seemed to be taken slightly by surprise and could only palm the palm back into play. Simone Verdi was the first to react to fire Bologna into an early lead.

That lead didn't last long though. Luis Alberto playing an excellent ball to find Lucas Leiva in the box. Lucas did the rest, remaining composed despite the bodies around him to coolly play the ball into the bottom corner.

Bologna's appeal for a handball in the box in the 30th minute brought VAR into play, but after the review the decision on the field stood. No penalty.

Even Stevens for the remainder of the opening period with only really half-chances for either side.

The second half was just about all Lazio who can count themselves a little unlucky. On another day a total of 21 shots would have translated into more than the one goal. In truth though they didn't really create many clear-cut opportunities, with a Lucas header being about as close as they came.

Bologna did threaten to upset the home fans even further in the 92nd minute. Simone Verdi attempting a last gasp winner from range, but this time Strakosha was equal to it.
 
A costly failure to land the three points at home for Lazio who now drop down to fifth and outside of the Champions League positions. Bologna move up one spot to eleventh.

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