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Prediction: Fiorentina vs Lazio

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 24 Feb 2024

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Verdict: Lazio double chance

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Two sides who are hoping to break into the European spots, Fiorentina will welcome Lazio to the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Monday night.

Fiorentina

Starting with the hosts, while Fiorentina might have opened up the New Year with their sights set on punching a famous Champions League ticket, the Viola are enduring a recent struggle. Although Vincenzo Italiano’s men might have secured a routine 5-1 romp against Frosinone earlier in the month, that is the only domestic victory that the Tuscany-based outfit have recorded from any of their previous seven appearances across all competitions. Crashing out of the Super Cup on January 18th following a 3-0 drumming at the hands of defending Serie A champions Napoli, Italiano will also have a real headache over his side’s extended defensive issues. Including an action-packed 3-2 loss against Lecce on February 2nd, Fiorentina have failed to muster a top-flight clean sheet since opening 2024. However, winning eight of their last 10 domestic showdowns at the Stadio Artemio Franchi – a run that stems all the way back to November 5th – the Viola will know the importance of claiming a welcomed boost here.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective knee injuries, Fiorentina will once again be without the duo of Gaetano Castrovilli and Brazilian defender Dodo. However, the Viola are hopeful that Ivory Coast international Christian Kouame will be able to return to Italiano’s squad on Monday night.

Handed a rest against Empoli last week, former Liverpool misfit Arthur Melo could be handed a full recall here. Making the move from Roma on a loan switch during January’s transfer window, Andrea Belotti should spearhead Fiorentina’s charge.

Lazio

As for the visitors, making an immediate return to winning ways last week as they secured an eye-catching 2-0 victory away at Torino, Lazio should find the mood in their camp at a recent high. Opening their Champions League knockout stage adventure with a famous display at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14th as they claimed a 1-0 win against German giants Bayern Munich, Maurizio Sarri’s side will be looking to make another statement here. Winning three of their previous four appearances across all competitions, the former Chelsea boss will also be excited by a rampant record against Monday’s hosts. Claiming a gritty 1-0 win when they welcomed Fiorentina to Rome for their reverse Serie A showdown back on October 30th, they have collected 13 points from their previous five meetings against the Viola. Likewise, claiming a 4-0 romp when they travelled to Tuscany last season, Sarri will be desperate for a repeat performance here.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective injury issues, Lazio will travel to Tuscany without the duo of Mattia Zaccagni and Nicolo Rovella. Likewise, shown a second-half red card away at Torino last week, 23-year-old defender Mario Gila will serve a one-match suspension here.

Although attacking talisman Ciro Immobile might have notched just a single Serie A strike since the end of November, the Italy international will spearhead Sarri’s charge on Monday night. Struggling to find a regular spot in Lazio’s first-team picture this season, ex-Chelsea star Pedro will have to settle for a spot on the bench.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Fiorentina and Lazio met for their reverse Serie A showdown back on October 30th, the Eagles collected a 1-0 victory on home soil.
    • Likewise, Sarri’s side have collected 13 points from their previous five Serie A meetings against Fiorentina.
    • The Viola have mustered just a single victory from any of their previous seven appearances across all competitions.
    • Lazio have won four of their previous six showdowns away from the Stadio Olimpico.
    • Fiorentina have failed to record a single Serie A clean sheet since opening the New Year.

    Conclusion

    Putting in an eye-catching performance last week as they secured a 2-0 victory away at Torino, Lazio will be desperate for a repeat display here. Winning four of their previous six showdowns away from the Stadio Olimpico, Monday’s guests will be excited by a rampant record against a struggling Fiorentina. Collecting 13 points from their last five Serie A showdowns against the Viola, we are backing an away double chance here.

    Verdict: Lazio double chance

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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