Lazio have been really struggling to get results lately, a result of having to play in the Europa League this season. They have done good in that competition and have already qualified to the next round with one more match to go. Lazio will now focus on getting back to winning ways when they will host Sampdoria on Saturday for the Serie A. Sampdoria have not been very stable so far in the season but are coming into this match after back to back wins.
Date/Time: 12-8-2018, 14:30 EST
Spread: Lazio -1.25
Total: 3 Goals
Lazio (7-4-3) will surely be feeling frustrated about the outcome of their last match, where they split the points in a 1-1 draw on the road against Chievo. Their opponents were really lucky to score the first goal at the 25th minute, as Lazio clearly had the upper hand throughout the whole match. They kept creating chances but could only find an equalizing goal at the 66th minute and nothing more. Prior to that they met what proved to be an insignificant 0-2 loss on the road against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League. But Lazio have already secured a ticket to the next round so that loss changed nothing. However, Lazio are now win-less in their last four (0-1-3) and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight in all competitions. They are currently sitting at the 5th spot of the league with 24 points, three ahead of Torino and just one behind AC Milan and the Champions League spots. Lazio have a 4-2-1 record at home so far in the league, where they also have two wins in the Europa League.
On the other hand, Sampdoria (5-5-4) are coming into this match after suffering quite a scare in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday. They hosted SPAL and saw them take the lead at the 34th minute, but Sampdoria pulled even before the first half was over. Sampdoria eventually won that match with another goal at the 82nd for the final 1-2. Last week in the Serie A they blasted Bologna by a strong 1-4 at home in what was a pretty balanced match though. Sampdoria are now undefeated in their last three matches but prior to that they had three consecutive losses. They struggle to keep clean sheets lately, with none in their last six. They are sitting at the 10th spot of the league table with 19 points, having scored 21 goals so far, while conceding 17 in the process. They are a safe, eight-point distance from the relegation zone and just two points off Torino and the top-six. Sampdoria have been quite competitive on the road so far (2-3-2), having lost only to bigger teams like Roma and Milan in their last six.
Lazio have dominated this match-up in recent years, having lost just once to Sampdoria in the last 13 matches (10-1-2). They have won each of the last four, and all those matches featured at least Over 2.5 Goals. One of them was a MASSIVE 3-7 win at home back in 2016/17. Lazio have also been excellent as hosts against Sampdoria in the past two decades, losing just once here (11-1-4).
Both teams have a knack for scoring and conceding goals, especially when they play against one another. Lazio are looking for a way out of the slump, while Sampdoria are in good shape and are looking to keep it up. I expect to see goals from both sides here, and a flat out Draw is a very possible outcome.
Serie A Lazio vs Sampdoria Prediction: Both Teams to Score (-120)
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