Lazio can move back into the Champions League places if they can get three points against relegation-threatened Empoli. Their opponents can put a four-point gap between themselves and the bottom three if they pull off a shock win in this game.
Lazio had the toughest possible fixture list at the start of 2019. They had successive league games against Juventus and Napoli, the top two teams in Serie A. Predictably, both ended in defeat for Lazio seeing them slip out of the Europa League qualification places.
Their tough fixture list continued with an away Italian Cup tie against third-placed Inter. They drew that over 120 minutes and went on to win the penalty shoot-out to reach the semi-finals. Their improved form continued with an away win at Frosinone on Monday evening.
A 36th minute goal from Felipe Caicedo gave them the three points moving Lazio up to seventh in the table, just a point behind AC Milan in the final Champions League qualification position. You can get odds of 4/11 (1.36) at Betfair on Lazio winning this match.
Empoli need points from this game for very different reasons. They are one place and a point above the relegation zone. Form isn’t good at all for the visitors with 0 wins in their last seven league games. A shock win for Empoli is 8/1 (9.0) at BetVictor. If they do manage to secure a victory it’ll be their first away league win of the season. One in which they have only earned four points on their travels.
The visitors have the joint worst defence in Serie A, having conceded 44 goals in their 22 league games. They share that record with bottom of the table Chievo, who they drew 2-2 with at home in their last match. It could have been a lot worse though, as they were 2-0 down, before two goals by Francesco Caputo grabbed them a point.
That was their second 2-2 draw in the last three league games. They blew a 2-1 lead at Cagliari, so perhaps that first away league win isn’t too far away. Could they get another 2-2 draw? The odds of that are 16/1 (17.0) at William Hill.
Head to Head
Lazio have won their last four games against Empoli, last losing to them in 2015. The reverse fixture between these two teams saw Lazio win 1-0 at Empoli thanks to a 47th minute goal by Marco Parolo. He’s 8/1 (9.0) at Bet365 to score the first goal in this match and 21/10 (3.1) to score anytime in the 90 minutes.
Lazio v Empoli Team News
There are no injury concerns to report after their latest games.
Both Teams to Score?
The last six Lazio home league games have seen both teams hit the back of the net. That has also been the case in the last three Empoli away league matches. The odds of both teams scoring in this Serie A clash are 4/5 (1.8) at Coral.
Lazio have only won one of their last five home league games with three ending in draws. Empoli have drawn two of their last three in the league and it’s 9/2 (5.5) at SkyBet on this match ending level.
Empoli may not win away from home, but they regularly get on the score sheet. Only in one of their last six away league matches have the visitors failed to score a goal. They are 8/13 (1.61) at BetBright to score in this match.
Lazio have an ideal chance here to move into the top four. They had a good win at Frosinone on Monday and another game against a relegation-threatened team should produce three points. A win for Lazio and both teams to score is 13/8 (2,61) at SkyBet.