Preview - Lazio vs Atalanta 06 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Lazio vs Atalanta
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L D W W W
Average goals per match: 2.40
Average goals against per match: 1.23
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (29)

Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Josip Ilicic (11)

A big game for both sides at the Stadio Olimpico on Match Day 36 as Champions League chasing Lazio play host to Europa League hopefuls Atalanta.

Lazio currently occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot, but with Inter Milan just four behind with three games to play they aren't over the line quite yet.

Atalanta meanwhile sit sixth and in possession of the final Europa League position awarded for a sixth placed finish. With AC Milan breathing down their necks - just one point behind - in fifth, they have even less margin for error than Lazio.

No doubting the big absentee from this game as far as Lazio are concerned as 29 goal hitman Ciro Immobile remains on the side-lines. Marco Parolo and Stefan Radu are the other absentees for Lazio.

Atalanta must do without the suspended Mattia Caldera at the heart of their defence.

Both sides head into this clash fully motivated and in excellent form, with both Lazio and Atalanta having won each of their last three games in Serie A.

Ordinarily Lazio would be fancied to take this. The absence of a 29-goal striker is a pretty big obstacle for any side to overcome though, particularly as Atalanta have only failed to score in two of their 17 away outings in the league so far this season. This one looks like a draw.

Prediction: Lazio 1 - 1 Atalanta


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 13 - 20
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 6 - 9
Possession: 43% - 57%

Referee Luca Banti dished out five yellow cards here, with Lazio's Luiz Felipe, Alessandro Murgia and Segej Milinkovic-Savic, and Atalanta's Andrea Masiello and Rafael Toloi all having their names taken.

Lazio ultimately had to settle for a point in this home game, but on the balance of play were lucky to get even that. Atalanta dominating the shot count in racking up an impressive total of 20 efforts.

Lazio were on the back foot almost immediately as the visitors took the lead after just two minutes. And it was all so simple. Marten De Roon picking up the ball in midfield and driving into the Inter half. Musa Barrow left totally unmarked in the centre and played in on goal. Confident finish from Barrow into the bottom right corner from around twelve yards.

Lazio didn't look anything like so potent without Ciro Immobile in the side but did get their equaliser in the 24th minute. Milinkovic-Savic's through ball being well controlled and driven across goal by Luis Alberto. Felipe Caceido the man with the simple task of tapping in from a couple of yards. 1-1 at the break.

With Lazio failing to muster a single shot on target in the second half, if there was to be a winner in this game it seemed likely to be the away side. In the end Atalanta couldn't find a way through either though and we finished all square.

Lazio stay fourth, but with Inter winning at Udinese, the gap back to their Milan rivals in fifth is now down to just two points with two games to play.

Atalanta drop down to seventh after this latest round of fixtures, but just one point adrift of sixth placed AC Milan they are still in with a chance of Europa League football next season.

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