Preview - Lazio vs Torino 29 December 18

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Match Day 19
Lazio vs. Torino
Monday, December 31st 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: D D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (10)

Last five matches form: W D L D W
Average goals per match: 1.28
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Andrea Belotti (6)

One of the most eye-catching fixtures on Match Day 19 in Serie A comes at the Stadio Olimpico as fourth placed Lazio play host to eighth placed Torino. With Lazio only two points clear of fifth placed Sampdoria in the race for the top four, and Torino only two points off the European positions, there's plenty on the line in this one.

Torino shocked Lazio when coming out on top 3-1 in this game last season. The Rome side did gain their revenge when winning 1-0 in Turin though.

Riza Durmisi and Martin Cáceres miss out for the home side. Koffi Djidji is the only confirmed absentee for Torino at present.

Lazio's form has been tailing off a little of late, with too many draws slipping in for the fans liking. They do however arrive here seeking a third win on the spin following a winless run of five. They have lost two of nine at home this season, to fellow top four sides Napoli and Inter Milan.

Torino have lost four times this season, but all four of those defeats have come in front of their own fans. They have become the leagues draw specialists on their travels, picking up a point in seven of their nine road games in addition to wins at Chievo and Sampdoria. They head here on the back of a solid 3-0 win over Empoli at home.

Lazio have been prone to being held to a draw of late and are facing a side here who have made picking up a point their modus operandi. Score draw.

Prediction: Lazio 2 - 2 Torino


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  16 - 8
Shots on target: 9 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 49% - 51%

Plenty to keep referee Massimiliano Irrati occupied at the Stadio Olimpico. Joaquin Correa, Luiz Felipe, Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva all seeing yellow for Lazio who also had Adam Marusic dismissed. Torino matched that card count with Koffi Djidji, Armando Izzo, Sasa Lukic and Tomas Rincon being booked, and Soualiho Mete dismissed.

Lazio were the more attacking side overall on the day, but that was to be expected given both their general style of play and that of Torino on the road. The home side did have to come from behind in the end though to get anything out of the game as Torino posted yet another solid away performance.

Following a largely uneventful opening period, we looked all set to be headed into the break locked in a stalemate, until the referee intervened in the very last minute of the opening period. Adam Marusic deemed to have bundled Andrea Belotti over as a ball came in from the right. Belotti himself stepping up to convert the penalty kick into the bottom right. 0-1 at the break.

Lazio didn't dwell on the poor ending to the first half and immediately began to pour on the pressure after the break. Torino were defending resolutely but that pressure did bring its reward in the 62nd minute. Following crosses from either side, the ball eventually fell to Sergej Milinkovic Savic 20+yards from goal. Thunderbolt of a strike from the Serbian into the top left corner. You simply don't save those. 1-1 final score.

Lazio hold on to fourth spot but are now only one point above fifth placed Milan. Torino drop down to ninth having been overtaken by Atalanta who fired six past Sassuolo.

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