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Lazio welcomes AC Milan to Stadio Olimpico as both teams aim to win this match to fulfil their ambitions: a top-six place for Lazio, a long-awaited Champions League return. It’s a very promising clash in the upcoming match of Lazio vs AC Milan as both teams will try their best to win this game. 

 

Recent performances

Lazio is currently sixth on the Serie A table with 58 points, 8 points behind fourth-placed Juventus to get a slot for UEFA Champions League with two matches in hand. Napoli ended Lazio’s five-game winning streak by a 5-2 win at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium last week. Despite this loss, Lazio is still securing the sixth position as their neighbour Roma, who is currently seventh, lost 2-3 to Cagliari.

Simone Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi returned to Lazio’s training grounds after being absent in the match against Napoli due to COVID-19

 

AC Milan is currently on the fourth position; their chance to grab the Serie A title is on a wing and a prayer as they are 11 points far from the first-placed Inter Milan with one game in hand. They head into this tie after a shock 1-2 loss to Sassuolo; this defeat is threatening Rossoneri as fifth-placed Napoli is only 3 points behind them. 

Hakan Calhanoglu

Hakan Calhanoglu took the lead for AC Milan but Giacomo Raspadori scored a double to hand Sassuolo their third consecutive win

 

Head-to-Head

In the last 55 meetings, AC Milan has a clear upper hand with 25 wins while Lazio only picked up 10 wins. Their most recent encounter came back in the reverse fixture in December, where AC Milan secured a hard-fought 3-2 win at the San Siro.

Theo Hernandez

Theo Hernandez scored the winning goal in 90+2th minute with a superb header from a corner taken by Hakan Calhanoglu

 

Injuries & Suspensions

Lazio will be without the services of Gonzalo Escalante and Luiz Felipe, who are nursing muscle and ankle injuries. However, Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile, who picked up knocks against Napoli, will be fine to start for Biancocelesti. Moreover, Felipe Caicedo will return to Lazio’s squad after missing the clash against Napoli due to a one-game suspension for accumulated yellow cards. 

Patric

Patric is expected to rejoin the back three and Mohamed Fares potentially drops out

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return from his suspension has been delayed after he suffered a muscle injury. He joined the sideline with Theo Hernandez, who also has a minor muscle problem. Ismael Bennacer suffered an ankle problem but has been called lately for the squad; if the Algerian comes back, either Soualiho Meite and Sandro Tonali will be ruled out. 

Rafael Leo and Diogo Dalot

Portugal duo Rafael Leo and Diogo Dalot might be the replacement for Theo Hernandez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

 

 

Possible line-ups

Lazio

  • GK: Pepe Reina
  • DF: Patric – Francesco Acerbi – Stefan Radu
  • MF: Manuel Lazzari – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lucas Leiva – Luis Alberto – Adam Marusic
  • FW: Joaquin Correa – Ciro Immobile

 

   AC Milan

  • GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma
  • DF: Davide Calabria – Simon Kjaer – Fikayo Tomori – Diogo Dalot
  • MF: Franck Kessie – Sandro Tonali – Alexis Saelemakers – Hakan Calhanoglu
  • FW: Ante Rebic – Rafael Leão

 

 

Prediction

Although Lazio has an extreme attacking line, the Rossoneri has let in only 14 goals on the road all season. AC Milan is scrapping for their immediate future, after a week in which the seven-time European Cup winners saw their glittering reputation of days past slightly tarnished. 

  

Lazio 1-1 AC Milan

 

 

Author: Kuyet @ TrophyRoom 

 

Image sources: 

The Cult of Calcio: An Ode to Simone Inzaghi as He Reaches 200 Lazio Games

Sempre Inter: Sassuolo’s Giacomo Raspadori Could Become Transfer Target For Inter, Italian Media Report

Forza Italian Football: Lucas Hernandez wants Theo in France squad

World Football Index: Former Barca Youth Patric Finds Form In New Role At Lazio

Rossoneri Blog: Rafael Leão, Simon Kjær and Diogo Dalot celebrating during Milan-Sparta Prague at Stadio San Siro on October 29, 2020. (Daniele Buffa)

 

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