Lazio – Fiorentina SOCCER PICKS
Lazio had a long series of victories, this week came to an end with two big defeats. Fiorentina is unbeatable in-house and won all four matches, but it only won one point in three games. Last season were the mutual duels in the advantage of Lazio, it played at home 1-1 in the league and won 1-0 in the cup. In the league game in Florence, Fiorentina goalkeeper Sportiello took red after seven minutes, but the team did well, it became 3-4 for Lazio in a true spectacle.
Lazio Roma had a series of five victories, won by Frosinone, Empoli, Udinese and Apollon Limassol with one goal difference and won big from Genoa. Last week, it had two duels of a completely different caliber, during the weekend there was the Derby della Capitale against AS Roma, followed by a weekday at Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the Roman derby Lazio was the stronger in the opening phase and Marusic and Immobile got the chances. Only in the 22nd minute the first danger came from AS Roma, goalkeeper Strakosha saved within two minutes good shots from Dzeko and Pastore. Chances were over and over again, the first goal fell just before halftime when Pellegrini took advantage of unnecessary coming out of the Lazio goalkeeper. The second half followed the same game image and goals were again out of personal mistakes. Both teams were equal in the entire match, AS Roma proved a lot more effective and won 3-1.
Midweeks Lazio even went 4-1 down at Eintracht, again there were many errors in the defense against countergoals in advance. For example, at a corner, a man was forgotten to cover the second post, and in the 2-1 even three defenders were not with their man. When just before half time Basta took his second yellow card, the game was played and Frankfurt was able to extend the score.
Fiorentina has a strong start to the season under Stefano Pioli. It won at home from Chievo, Udinese, SPAL and Atalanta, from there a point was caught at Sampdoria and narrowly lost from Napoli and Inter. Last year the club went wrong on three points of European football, currently the third one and it seems to be another big contender for European football next season.
That Fiorentina is doing well this season is no surprise, in the summer good business was done on the transfer market by the experienced Mirallas and Pezzella, in addition, Pjaca was added to the selection. The big talents were retained for the club, Juventus was behind Milenkovic and since this week Manchester City is also involved in the fight, as yet he plays in Florence. Also the talents Chiesa and Simeone are still there, the latter is good for about fourteen goals every season and now has three in it. For this match Pioli can have an almost fit selection, only Marco Benassi is a question mark because he suffered a minor ankle injury.