Lazio – Cagliari 05.01.2013
Lazio might not be the most spectacular side in the Serie A this season, however, they are definitely one of the most effective ones when it comes to getting the result they want.
At the moment, they are placed 2nd on the league table on 36 points, 1 point above 3rd placed Fiorentina and Inter but also 8 points behind the leaders Juventus. The main strength for the clube from Rome is playing at home where they have a 7-1-1 record, while they are one of the most in form teams with 4-2-0 in their last 6! The good news for the Laciali is that they do not have many absentees ahead of this game with the exception maybe of the attacking Brazilian midfielder Ederson (5 apps, 1 goal) who is injured and will miss out.
Match: Lazio – Cagliari 20.45h
League: Serie A
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 1.55
Cagliari on the other hand is struggling just above the relegation zone. The 2 points that they have collected from their last 8 league matches and the 5 consecutive defeats, are a strong indication of the underperformance of the visitors. Their lastest defeat was 1-3 to Juventus, however it has to be mentioned that they were forced to play on the neutral venue of Parma as their new home had not managed to get an approval on time. A long list of absentees and the fact that the players have not been paid their salaries in the last two months make things look worse ahead of this tough game.
It might be hard to predict 100% the shape of the teams following the Christmas break. However, the quality gap between the two sides is massive and Lazio should be able to claim three points easily or not.