Lazio have been in really good shape lately and have won five of their last six matches in all competitions. They will now have a tricky task on Sunday when they will be hosted by Sassuolo. Sassuolo were coming off a four-match win-less streak prior to their last match but pulled a nice away win and returned to winning ways.
Date/Time: 11-11-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Sassuolo +0.5
Total: 2.75 Goals
Sassuolo (5-3-3) were really good on both ends of the pitch in their away match against Chievo last week. They took the lead at the end of the first half and sealed the deal with another goal at the stoppage time for the final 2-0. They even played great defense in that match, allowing their opponents to create a single scoring chance in that match. Sassuolo really needed that win as prior to that they were win-less in four (0-2-2). They are now sitting at the 6th spot of the league table with 18 points, three behind Lazio. They have scored 19 goals so far, while conceding 16 in the process. They have been excellent at home so far in the season (3-1-1), where they started off with four consecutive wins in all competitions. But their defense is a problem, as they have only kept a single clean sheet at home.
On the other hand, Lazio (7-4-0) were not very good in their home match against Marseille in the Europa League. But they took the lead at the end of the first half and doubled that at the start of the second. They did conceded just five minutes later but they held on to the result which granted them entrance to the knock-out round of the competition. Last week in the Serie A they blasted SPAL by a solid 1-4 at home and have now won five of their last six matches in all competitions. But they have kept just two clean sheets in that span. Lazio are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Serie A with 21 points, just as many as Milan above them. They have scored 17 goals so far, while conceding 13 in the process. Lazio have been mediocre on the road so far in the league (3-2-0), where they have also recorded a win and a loss in the Europa League. They have kept two clean sheets and have only failed to score once in those seven matches.
Lazio have dominated this match-up over the years (7-2-1) and have won each of the last four. Last season they won by a massive 1-6 at home before a strong 3-0 in this venue. They have also been great in this venue, losing just once in the process (3-1-1). They have scored in all their matches here, while keeping two clean sheets.
Sassuolo have shown glimpses of grandeur in recent years, but they are now up against a Lazio side who have been really good lately. This is a tricky match for both sides and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a lot of goals here.
Serie A Sassuolo vs Lazio Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-107)
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