Kick-off: Sunday, September 10 @2:00 PM GMT
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Head to head record
Lazio vs Milan 1-1 (2016/2017 Serie A)
Milan vs Lazio 2-0 (2016/2017 Serie A)
Milan vs Lazio 1-1 (2015/2016 Serie A)
Lazio vs Milan 1-3 (2015/2016 Serie A)
Milan vs Lazio 0-1 (2014/2015 Coppa Italia)
Lazio vs Milan prediction
Stadio Olimpico will host Sunday’s Serie A derby between Lazio and Milan. The Rossoneri have been impressive at the start of the new season, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of spoiling the Biancocelesti’s party in the “Eternal City”.
The “SMS” effect
Lazio failed to impress in the opening match of the season, with the capital club sharing the spoils with newcomers SPAL at their Stadio Olimpico. The Biancocelesti, though, did well to beat Chievo in Verona on Matchday 2, with Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic Savic scoring a wonder goal for Simone Inzaghi’s troops in the dying minutes of the match. Lazio regained a much-need confidence and they will be aiming to build on the triumph when they host Milan at their Stadio Olimpico. It is well known that the Biancocelesti are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Ciro Immobile scored the winner for Italy in the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Israel and the former Borussia Dortmund attacker is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Milan. Lazio failed to beat the Rossoneri in last two meetings between the two teams in Rome and the hosts are eager to put an end to the negative trend.
Felipe Anderson is sidelined with injury, but he is the only absentee in the home side ahead of the visit of Milan. Coach Simone Inzaghi is likely to stick to the 3-4-2-1 formation.
After impressing in the Europa League qualifiers, Milan continue with splendid performances in the Serie A. The Rossoneri kicked off the new domestic campaign with a 3-0 win at Crotone and they recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cagliari in their first home game of the season. Coach Vincenzo Montella has a number of top-class players to choose from and it is more than obvious that summer signing Leonardo Bonucci is going to play the key role in Milan’s defence this season. On the other hand, Italian rising star Patrick Cutrone has been scoring goals for fun of late and the youngster is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, the Rossoneri face an uphill task in Sunday’s game against Lazio, but one thing is for sure, Vincenzo Montella’s men are likely to go for a win in the Serie A derby.
Full back Andrea Conti and midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura are both sidelined with injury, but there are no suspended players in the away side ahead of the trip to Rome.
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in previous three meetings between the two sides
- Lazio netted 14 goals in last four home games in the Serie A
- Milan are eyeing their seventh consecutive win in all competitions
- Rossoneri recorded their last win at Lazio in 2015 (1-3)
- In their last meeting at Stadio Olimpico the two teams played out a 1-1 draw
Lazio vs Milan betting pick
Milan look unstoppable at the moment, but beating Lazio at packed Stadio Olimpico is easier said than done. A close encounter appears on the cards and seeing that the two sides shared the spoils in their last meeting in Rome, I am tempted to put my money on draw.