Preview - Fiorentina vs Lazio 19 April 2018

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Apr 18, 2018, 07:04 AM Last Edit: Apr 19, 2018, 06:36 AM by Harry85
Match Day 33
Fiorentina vs Lazio
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Giovanni Simeone (10)

Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 2.34
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (27)

A big game at the Stadio Artemio Franchi this week in Serie A as Fiorentina play host to Lazio, with both teams needing the points.

For Fiorentina it is Europa League football which is the goal. Currently lying just outside the European spots in seventh position, they are just two points adrift of AC Milan in sixth, and will be hopeful of closing that gap after this latest round of fixtures. They will once again be without the influential Milan Badelj in midfield but otherwise look to have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Lazio meanwhile already have a Europa League spot all but sewn up, currently sitting in fifth and 10 points clear of Fiorentina. They have their eyes on a bigger prize though. Only behind Roma on head to head records they will be keen to keep winning in order to take full advantage should their big rivals slip up. In addition Inter are within sight, only two points above Lazio having played a game more. Stefan Radu definitely misses out at the back for Lazio having been sent off in the Rome derby. Of more concern though is the potential absence of 27 goal hit man, Ciro Immobile who is not certain to be fit enough to start.

Fiorentina arrive here in excellent form having won six and drawn two of their past eight in Serie A. Lazio have had a trying time in recent weeks. Doing well to come through the Rome derby with a point so soon after being eliminated from the Europa League. We suspect their exertions may catch up with them here though, particularly should Immobile miss out.

Prediction: Fiorentina 2 - 0 Lazio


Half time: 2 - 2
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots: 13 - 17
Shots on target: 6 - 8
Corner Kicks: 0 - 8
Possession: 38% - 62%

No doubt about the game of the day in Serie A. It came at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as Fiorentina and Lazio served up an absolute thriller.

Fireworks from the off here. Fiorentina having keeper Marco Sportiello sent off after just seven minutes for handling outside of the area. Referee Antonio Damato didn't take long to level things up though, dismissing Lazio's Alessandro Murgia for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 14th minute. In what was a feisty encounter, Jordan Veretout, German Pezzella and Federico Chiesa were also booked for Fiorentina. Luiz Felipe and Luis Alberto the Lazio men to have their names taken.

Back on level terms in regard to the number of players on the pitch, Fiorentina promptly took the lead. Presented with a free kick opportunity around 25 yards from goal, Jordan Verdout fired a beauty into the top corner.

In the 31st minute the home side doubled their advantage. Luiz Felipe bringing down Cristiano Biraghi in the box and the referee pointing to the spot. Having found the top left corner with his free kick, Veretout went bottom right with his penalty. 2-0.

Lazio's first of the night came in similar style to Fiorentina's. Another free kick around 25 yards from goal in the 39th minute. Luis Alberto the man to curl a cracker into the top corner this time.

On the stroke of half-time Lazio were level. Alberto swinging in a corner from the right and Martin Caceres getting on the end of it. His header was powerful and on target, but it was still a desperate attempt at saving it from Bartlomiej Dragowski. 2-2 at half-time.

In the 54th minute Fiorentina were back in front. Veretout wrongfooting the Lazio defence before rifling into the bottom corner from the corner of the six yard box. A fine effort to land his hat-trick.

In the 69th minute the home side paid the price for allowing Felipe Anderson to take not one but two touches just outside the area, setting himself up to fire a vicious swerving drive into the bottom corner. 3-3.

Then in the 72nd minute the visitors were in front for the first time. Luis Alberto getting his toe to an Adam Marusic cross to direct across the keeper and into the far corner.

And that's the way it stayed. 3-4 final score. Fiorentina drop to ninth as their dreams of European football begin to fade. Lazio move back above Inter and into the crucial fourth Champions League spot.

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