Preview - Lazio vs AC Milan 26 November 18

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Match Day 13
Lazio vs. AC Milan
Monday, October 26th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile ( 8 )

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.75
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuaín (5)

The pick of the Serie A action on Match Day 13 comes in Rome as fourth placed Lazio play host to fifth placed AC Milan. With just one point between the sides a place in the current top four is up for grabs in this one.

Lazio blew Milan away 4-1 in this fixture last season. Milan did gain a semblance of revenge when winning 2-1 at the San Siro though, prior to the sides contesting back to back goalless draws in the Coppa Italia. Not too much to separate the sides overall then.

There's no doubt about which side holds the advantage when it comes to injuries and suspensions, for whilst Lazio look to have a fully fit squad from which to select, AC Milan must do without the injured Ivan Strinic, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mateo Musacchio, Mattia Caldera and Alessio Romagnoli in addition to the suspended Gonzalo Higuaín.

Lazio have beaten Frosinone, Genoa, Fiorentina and SPAL at home but have come up short against likely fellow challengers for the top four Napoli and Inter Milan. They will be keen to beat one of the traditional big sides in front of their own fans here.

Milan have been pretty solid on the road to date with their only defeats on the road coming at the hands of Napoli and Inter Milan.

We actually rate a full-strength AC Milan side above a full-strength Lazio, but that isn't the case here. Those injuries simply look to be too much to overcome and we see the home side coming out on top.

Prediction: Lazio 3 - 1 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 60% - 40%

One booking for each side in Rome, with referee Luca Banti taking the names of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio and Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan.

Lazio were the dominant side for much of this encounter against a slightly patched together Milan side. Despite being comfortably ahead on all the key stats though, the home side very nearly lost this one. Defeat would have been harsh on the hosts, but boy did they leave it late to snatch a point.

Milan had the first big chance of the game in the opening period. Hakan Calhanoglu cutting in onto his right in the left side of the area and crashing an effort against the far post via Thomas Strakosha's fingertips. That was as close as either side came in the first half. 0-0 at the break.

Lazio began to exert pressure on Milan in the second half - Wallace forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma into a fine stop with a header.

It was however Milan who took the lead in the 78th minute. Davide Calabria finding space down the right-hand side and teeing up Franck Kessie arriving on the edge of the area. Kessie's effort making its way into the back of the net via a huge deflection off the unfortunate Wallace.

Deep into stoppage time and it was backs to the wall stuff from Milan. It looked as though they would hang on though until in the 94th minute a lofted ball into the area was headed clear into the path of Joaquin Correa on the edge of the box. One touch to control with his thigh and another to finish with a well placed volley into the bottom left corner from Correa. 1-1 final score.

Lazio stay fourth and Milan fifth after this result.

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