In the final match of the 16th Round of matches in the Serie A , Atalanta will play host to Lazio on Monday. Atalanta are coming off a solid win over the weekend and bounced back after two tough losses in a row. They will now have a chance to keep it going as they will play host to a struggling Lazio side on Monday. Lazio are coming into this match in really bad form, having gone win-less in their last six matches in all competitions.
Date/Time: 12-17-2018, 14:30 EST
Spread: Atalanta -0.25
Total: 2.75 Goals
Atalanta (6-6-3) are coming into this match after a pretty one-sided match on the road against Udinese. They took an early lead at the 2nd minute and were better in the first half but were equalized at the 12th minute. Even so, they were much better in the second half, where they took the lead once again at the 62nd minute before Zapata completed his hat-trick at the 80th minute for the final 3-1. That win came after two consecutive losses, but those were their only reverses in their last seven matches (5-2-0). Moreover, they only kept a single clean sheet in that span. Atalanta are now sitting at the 10th spot of the Serie A with 21 points, just as many as Roma and Parma. All three teams are four points behind Lazio and the 5th spot of the Serie A. Atalanta have been pretty mediocre at home so far in all competitions (4-3-2). However, they have only conceded five goals in that span. They will only have a single injury concern in this match, as Varnier will miss out.
On the other hand, Lazio (7-4-4) met a really frustrating 2-1 home loss against Frankfurt in the Europa League. However, they still qualified to the knock-out round as second from their respective group. Last week in the Serie A they played for a spectacular 2-2 draw at home against Sampdoria. Both teams scored goals deep into the stoppage time to eventually split the points. That means that Lazio are now win-less in their last six matches in all competitions (0-2-4). Moreover, they have failed to keep a single clean sheet in the last ten. Even so, they are undefeated in their last five league matches, but the last four were goal draws. Lazio are now sitting at the 5th spot of the league table with 25 points, just one behind AC Milan. They have been quite competitive on the road so far in the league (3-2-2), where they also have two losses and a draw in the Europa League. They have only failed to score in two of their ten away matches so far, but have only kept two clean sheets in the process. Lazio will come into this match with up to five players that are dealing with injuries.
The two teams exchanged goal draws last season, a 3-3 in this venue before a 1-1 in Rome. Six of the last seven matches between the two featured goals from both sides, with Atalanta winning just once in that span (1-3-3). There has been total balance in this venue with each team winning five and the other five were draws. Both teams scored in each of the last five matches between the two in this venue.
Looking at how these two teams have played against each other, there is a very good chance of seeing a lot of goals here. Lazio have been in pretty poor form lately, but they should bounce back sooner or later. I will go with the Over 2.75 Goals on this match, a line that has been confirmed in three of the last four matches between the two.
Serie A Atalanta vs Lazio Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-118)