There are a lot of different prizes up for grabs in the world of soccer, but managers and players will be quick to tell you that winning the league is perhaps the most gratifying achievement of all. The reason for that is that it takes a high level of consistency over a period of months to end the season sitting on top of the table. As the seasons wind down across Europe, there are no major league titles still waiting to be decided. That is not to say that the games being played are meaningless, though, as there are still European spots up for grabs, not to mention teams still fighting for their lives in the midst of a relegation battle. The Serie A is one of the leagues that has been decided and is now in the final couple of rounds of games, and while neither of the teams involved in this one have anything left to play for, Lazio are a team looking to get a bit of a bad taste out of their mouth in the final two games. Lazio are favored by a goal at home, with the O/U for this one set at 3.
When: Thursday, July 23 at 3:45 PM EST
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
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Why bet on the Lazio
After the lockdown, the Serie A returned with the battle for the title still very much hanging in the balance. Lazio were doing a fantastic job of keeping pace with Juventus, which is not an easy feat. In the last couple of weeks, though, things have gone off the rails in a big way for Lazio, who are now all the way down to 4th, while watching Juventus claim another Serie A title. It is not all doom and gloom for Lazio, though, as they have done enough to clinch a Champions League place for next season. They will want to break out of their current slump, which has seen them pick up just 1 point in their last 5 games. You have to like their chances here, as they are unbeaten in their last 11 home meetings with Cagliari. Overall, they are 12-3-2 at home, scoring 42 and surrendering 16.
Why bet on Cagliari
Cagliari will head to Rome knowing that there is really no pressure on them at all ahead of this game. They are sitting comfortably in the middle of the table in Serie A, which is realistically where we probably all expected them to be. They can, though, still potentially move up a couple of spots if they can get something out of their final 2 games of the season, but when you consider their record on the road to Lazio, that might seem a little unlikely. Still, given the fragile nature of Lazio over the past couple of weeks, you never really know what might happen here. On the road this season, Cagliari are 4-8-5, scoring 19 goals and surrendering 23.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This might be seen as a bit of a risky bet when you consider how things have been going for Lazio over the past couple of weeks. Still, I think they snap out of it and get the win in this one.
Lazio 3 Cagliari 1