Lazio will face Torino in the rescheduled fixture after their defeat in the capital city derby dented their slim Champions League dream. Torino could secure their safety before facing direct rivals Benevento in the final round of the Serie A season.
Lazio couldn’t climb up to the top five
Lazio recorded a memorable 3-0 win against Roma in the first meeting of the sides. Still, they were hapless in the reverse fixture. Roma managed to stage an excellent farewell to Paulo Fonseca with a delightful three points on Sunday night.
Veterans Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro scored the goals for Roma as Fransceco Acerbi saw a red card late in the match. The result wasn’t enough for Roma to climb above their city rivals. Lazio are sure to finish in sixth place no matter what would happen in their remaining two games.
They will be playing the preliminary round of Europa League football next season. Although this could be seen as a downgrade after their first Champions League appearance in decades, Simone Inzaghi’s side had a decent showing in the second half of the season. Their lack of getting results in big games is the first criticism raised to Lazio this season.
When and where to watch?
Lazio v Torino kicks off at 19:30 on Tuesday 18th May 2021 and will be showing on Premier Sports.
Torino plan to recover from a heavy defeat
Torino managed to get back to their best form in the crucial part of the season. Davide Nicola’s side had a nightmare against AC Milan, however. They forced Stefano Pioli’s side to a penalty shootout, but they conceded seven against them in their second league meeting.
The result was also frustrating as Milan’s main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent due to an injury. Torino also lost on the weekend in a six-pointer against Serie A’s new boys Spezia.
The defeat means they have to wait for their final games of the season to secure their league status. Spezia have now confirmed their league status for next season. Torino can do the same before facing Benevento on the final day.
Two injury-time goals secured Lazio’s win in the reverse fixture
Seven goals were scored in the first meeting of the two sides earlier in the season. Three of them came after the 88th-minute mark. Torino seemed to collect all the points before the referee showed the extra minutes as Sasa Lukic scored a great goal to put them 3-2 up. But Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo scored after the fifth minute of the injury-time for a sensational win for Inzaghi’s troops.
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Acerbi joined Lazio’s suspended list after his red card in the Rome derby. Mateo Musacchio is one of the first names tossed around for a replacement, but he had to race with time to return to full fitness.
Armando Izzo, Amer Gojak, Nicola Murru and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic are all out injured for the big game before the season final on the weekend.
Torino can be safe with a point
This game was rescheduled after Torino’s team was hit by COVID-19. It was not a straightforward decision despite Turin’s government blocking them from travel, however. It caused a considerable stir between the two clubs’ officials, but Torino’s appeal was finally accepted. They need a single point from this to avoid a scare of losing the final game of the season against direct rivals Benevento.
|Draw||5/2 (3.5)||William Hill|
|Under 3.5 total goals||18/35 (1.51)||Red Zone Sports|
|Ciro Immobile to score anytime||10/11 (1.91)||Betfred|