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Lazio vs. Sassuolo: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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          Lazio vs. Sassuolo: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

          As the Serie A season draws to a close, Lazio and Sassuolo find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum, with their fortunes and aspirations markedly different. This final game of the season, set to take place on Sunday, offers both teams a chance to end their campaigns on a positive note, despite the disparate trajectories they have experienced.

          Date: 26/05/2024

          Kick-off time: 19:45

          Location: Stadio Olimpico

          Lazio, currently sitting in 7th place with 60 points from 37 games, have endured a season that can be characterised as underwhelming, especially when compared to their impressive 2nd place finish last year. The gap of 14 points between this season's tally and the previous one highlights the inconsistency and missed opportunities that have plagued Igor Tudor's side.

          Despite these setbacks, Lazio have maintained a degree of defensive solidity, conceding only 38 goals in their 37 league fixtures. This defensive resilience has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable campaign. However, their attacking output has been less convincing, with only 48 goals scored, reflecting a lack of cutting edge and creativity in the final third.

          Key players Felipe Anderson and Luis Alberto have been instrumental for Lazio, contributing significantly to the team's offensive efforts. Anderson's pace and dribbling ability, combined with Alberto's vision and passing, have resulted in a combined total of 10 goals and 13 assists. Their performances have provided glimpses of what Lazio are capable of, but inconsistency has been a recurring theme throughout the season.

          As Lazio approach their final game, they have one last objective to fulfil: securing a 6th place finish and a spot in next season's Europa League. Achieving this would offer some solace and a positive conclusion to their campaign. The task at hand is clear – they must secure a win and hope other results go their way to leapfrog into the coveted 6th position.

          Given their solid defensive record, Lazio will look to build from the back and control the game against a struggling Sassuolo side. Igor Tudor's tactical approach will likely focus on exploiting Sassuolo's defensive vulnerabilities while maintaining their own defensive discipline. The pressure will be on Lazio to deliver a performance worthy of their aspirations and to give their fans something to cheer about in the season finale.

          In stark contrast, Sassuolo have endured a season of significant disappointment and underachievement. Currently 19th in the table with just 29 points, their relegation to Serie B has already been confirmed with one game remaining. This marks the end of an 11-year stint in Serie A, a period during which Sassuolo had established themselves as a competitive side capable of challenging higher up the table.

          The primary culprit for Sassuolo's downfall has been their woeful defensive record. Conceding 74 goals in 37 games, they have been abysmal at the back, with frequent defensive lapses and an inability to maintain structure and discipline. Despite a decent attacking output of 42 goals, their defensive frailties have ultimately led to their undoing.

          Manager Davide Ballardini has faced significant challenges in trying to turn Sassuolo's fortunes around. The team's inability to string together consistent performances and the lack of defensive cohesion have been persistent issues. The upcoming match against Lazio offers a final opportunity for Sassuolo to salvage some pride and end their Serie A journey on a positive note, even if it is ultimately a consolation.

          The recent head-to-head encounters between Lazio and Sassuolo paint a clear picture of Lazio's dominance. Lazio have won four of the last five meetings, including the last four consecutively. This streak of victories includes a 2-0 win earlier in the season, showcasing their ability to overcome Sassuolo consistently.

          This historical advantage will undoubtedly provide Lazio with a psychological edge going into the final game. However, it is essential for Lazio not to become complacent, as Sassuolo, despite their relegation, will be eager to put up a fight and disrupt Lazio's ambitions.

          From a tactical standpoint, Igor Tudor will likely set up Lazio in a formation that maximises their defensive solidity while allowing their key attackers to express themselves. The combination of Felipe Anderson and Luis Alberto will be crucial in breaking down Sassuolo's defence. Anderson's ability to run at defenders and Alberto's creative passing can create the necessary openings to secure a vital victory.

          On the other hand, Davide Ballardini may adopt a more cautious approach, focusing on defensive organisation and counter-attacking opportunities. Sassuolo's attacking players, though limited by their overall performance this season, have the potential to exploit any lapses in Lazio's defence. This could make for an intriguing tactical battle, with both managers needing to balance their approaches to achieve their respective objectives.

          For Lazio, this final game represents a chance to salvage a somewhat disappointing season by securing Europa League football for the next campaign. The significance of finishing 6th cannot be overstated, as it would provide not only financial benefits but also the prestige and competitive edge that comes with participating in the Europa League. The fans will expect nothing less than a full-blooded effort from their team to achieve this goal.

          For Sassuolo, the match is an opportunity to restore some pride and end their Serie A tenure on a high note. A victory or even a spirited performance could serve as a foundation for rebuilding and preparing for life in Serie B. The players and staff will be keen to show that they can compete at a high level, despite the disappointments of the current season.

          The final game of the Serie A season between Lazio and Sassuolo brings together two teams with contrasting narratives. Lazio, aiming to secure a place in the Europa League, will be determined to finish their campaign on a high, leveraging their defensive strengths and key attacking players. Sassuolo, already relegated, will seek to exit Serie A with dignity and perhaps cause an upset.

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          Team News

          Lazio Team News:

          Alessio Romagnoli should be available once again after serving a suspension.

          There could be a change or two following Lazio's game at San Siro at the weekend, with Felipe Anderson and Ciro Immobile both pushing to come back into the starting XI.

          Sassuolo Team News:

          Sassuolo will be without Matheus Henrique who is unavailable through suspension following a red card at the weekend.

          Martin Erlić is also a doubt after being withdrawn in the first half of the weekend's game with an injury, with Marash Kumbulla the likely man to replace him.

          Form Guide

          Lazio are ending the season in good form as they enter this game with three wins and two draws from their last five outings. Their most recent game saw them pick up a commendable point away at champions Inter, where a first half goal from Daichi Kamada was eventually cancelled out by the home side with just three minutes remaining.

          Prior to that, Patric and Matías Vecino sealed a 2-0 win Empoli, a result that came after a 2-2 draw with Monza where Ciro Immobile and Vecino registered their names on the scoresheet.

          Those results were preceded by successive wins against Verona (1-0) and Juventus (2-1), games in which Mattia Zaccagni and Valentín Castellanos both found the back of the net.

          Lazio have been particularly strong on home soil where they've won all of their last five games.

          Sassuolo's form is poor as they come into this game having won one and lost four of their last five matches. Their latest outing was a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Cagliari, which came after a 2-1 defeat away at Genoa.

          Prior to that, Sassuolo picked up a shock 1-0 win over Inter where Armand Laurienté's 20th-minute goal sealed an excellent three points.

          That win was preceded by a 5-1 rout at the hands of Fiorentina and a 0-3 defeat to Lecce.

          Sassuolo are winless in their last thirteen matches on the road where they've also lost four of their last five.

          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          This one feels like one of the more straightforward picks from Serie A's final weekend. Lazio are in very good form, have something to play for and are storing at home, while Sassuolo are already relegated, are in poor form and struggle away from home. Simple, right? Lazio 2-0 Sassuolo.

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