OUR Italian correspondent Marco Di Cosmo (@scioltz) picked four weekend winners out of five, now he focuses on the Monday night match between Lazio and Genoa.
Lazio v Genoa | Monday 19:45 | ESPN
I was really happy with my form over the weekend with four winners out of five and now I’m hungry for another winner in this Monday night match.
These sides are both fighting for a spot in the Top 6, but in truth Lazio will have richer ambitions than that as they look to finish in the Champions League places.
I think Lazio play the best football amongst the top sides of Serie A. Coach Stefano Pioli loves to press high on the pitch and that’s backed up by the fact his side sit third in the league for goals scored, only Juventus and Napoli have scored more.
Today the Biancocelesti will welcome back Lucas Biglia and Stefan de Vrij and those two internationals are vital components in their side. Midfielder Biglia provides balance and solidity while Dutchman de Vrij is a vital element of the Lazio defence. The Romans missed Biglia hugely when he was out and his reappearance will prove a real fillip for them.
If I’m still not convincing you, Lazio will have Felipe Anderson fit for this match. Even if he starts from the bench he’ll definitely get some game time. He’s already proved to be a cracking talent in those tough matches.
Genoa are weakening. An excellent start to the season has seen them fall to 9th in the table. They’ve lost three in a row away from home and have conceded seven in that spell. I’m happy to back Lazio to find the net more than once, as they regularly do against smaller sides.
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