23 Apr 2019
3 min read
Lazio have a habit of choking
The finale of last season will still be fresh in the minds of most Lazio fans as they threw away a Champions League place on the final day.
Facing Inter, they had the lead in a game in which a draw would have seen them seal a top four finish but instead they conceded twice to lose the game as Inter took their place in Europe’s most prized competition.
This season is showing signs of a repeating pattern, albeit, not in quite so heart-breaking fashion. They had a great chance to climb into contention when they travelled to the San Siro to face Milan a couple of weeks ago but left with nothing, losing 1-0.
The 2-0 win over Udinese that followed appeared to suggest that Simone Inzaghi’s men were back on track but last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to bottom side Chievo has thrown them back into despair.
Three defeats in the last five has left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread as they travel to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to take on Sampdoria.
Sampdoria: You win some, you lose some
Marco Giampaolo’s side have been unable to string a decent run of results together really hampering their chances of reaching Europe. The win in the derby della lanterna gave them hope but the consistency has been absent since the start of February.
Sampa have, in the last 12 games, won five and lost seven. They have been extremely reliant on Pablo Quagliarella, the 36-year-old has scored an incredible 22 goals this season while also bagging eight assists.
He is at the heart of everything good that Sampdoria achieve and scores some wonder goals. When he has an off day or is not at his best, the team struggle as was the case in the 3-0 defeat at Bologna last time out.
With both these sides showing inconsistent form and an ability to self-destruct it is highly unlikely that either will be able to keep a clean-sheet or find a winner.
With that in mind, backing this game to end in a draw at odds of 3.66 should be under some serious consideration.
Lazio have been more creative this season than Sampdoria making 189 scoring chances compared to the 141 of the Genoa club.
The Eagles will be hoping they can take a couple of the opportunities they will no doubt create, relying heavily on Ciro Immobile for goals. The former Torino ace has hit 14 goals in Serie A this campaign and will be looking to grab another at the Luigi Ferraris.
Carlos Correa is Lazio’s most creative player making 36 chances this season and he will be important again while Sampdoria have Gregoire Defrel and Dennis Praet pulling the strings with both creating 17 chances for Sampdoria.
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