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Prediction: Venezia vs Lazio

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 21 Dec 2021

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Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to make it back-to-back Serie A victories on Wednesday afternoon, Lazio will make the trip to the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo when they meet Venezia.

Venezia

Starting with the hosts, coming from behind on their travels over the weekend and snatching a late point against Sampdoria, Venezia find themselves sitting in pole position to maintain their Serie A status this season. Shocking many across Italy as Paolo Zanetti’s side made their top-flight debut via the play-offs earlier in the year, the Winged Lions are now hoping to find some stability. Although the Venice-based outfit might have also landed an impressive 1-1 draw against former champions Juventus on December 11th, the Blacks have managed to win just one of their previous six matchups from across all competitions. With that sole win coming against lower league Ternana on Coppa Italia duties last week, Zanetti’s men have also shown some extended problems at the back. Simply with their sights set on trying to maintain their buffer over the drop zone, Venezia have recorded just a single clean sheet since the end of October.

Team News

Club Brugge loanee David Okereke will miss out on Wednesday afternoon as he still deals with a knock.

Likewise, Venezia have also confirmed that Dutch defender Ridgeciano Haps will also not feature here.

Lazio

As for the visitors, after gaining a reputation for their inconsistencies since opening the 2021/22 campaign, Lazio should at least be boosted by a thumping display last weekend. Landing what was a deserved 3-1 victory against Genoa on home soil, the Eagles are now desperate to find a route back into the European places. Making the trip to the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo sat three points adrift of breaking into the top-six, Head Coach Maurizio Sarri has seen his side win just a pair of their last six matchups from across all competitions. Just about booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, the former Chelsea boss will be also hoping for his side to find some stability on the road. Including a 4-0 drumming against Napoli on November 28th, it should be noted that Lazio have remarkably recorded just a pair of wins away from the Stadio Olimpico in their last 11 attempts, a run that goes all the way back to the end of August.

Team News

In what is a real blow for Wednesday’s guests, attacking talisman Ciro Immobile will not feature at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo here.

Likewise, Nigerian starlet Bobby Adekanye will not travel due to a muscle injury.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in 2002, Lazio landed a 4-2 victory on home soil.
    • Lazio have won just a pair of their last 11 matchups on the road, a run that stems back to the end of August.
    • Likewise, Wednesday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last five Serie A matchups.
    • Venezia have also seen each of their last four Serie A contests finish with both teams finding the net.
    • Six of Lazio’s last seven matchups from across all formats have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    While Lazio might open Wednesday’s meeting as a standout pick, don’t be surprised to see chances at both ends of the pitch in midweek. Although the Eagles might have landed a 3-1 win against Genoa on home soil over the weekend, the Italian giants have only shown a host of issues away from the Stadio Olimpico. Remarkably winning just a pair of their last 11 straight away fixtures, some in Venezia’s camp could be smelling a chance to cause another upset. It should be noted, with each of the last four contests at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo finishing with both teams finding the net, we’re backing a similar outcome here.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    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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