Lazio are in desperate need of morale-boosting victory following back to back defeats to Genoa and Napoli, and the Biancocelesti will have their work cut out for them against in-form Siena. Robur have finally erased the six-point penalty and they go into this game full of confidence, having beaten Bologna at the weekend.
Can Lazio end the barren run?
It is no wonder the club chiefs opted against making big changes to the playing squad after a very promising season that saw Lazio finish the league campaign in 4th place, just two points behind the final Champions League berth. However, their decision to replace Eduardo Reja with virtually unknown coach Vladimir Petkovic caused a lot of controversy. The Bosnian manager, nonetheless, was quick to prove the doubters wrong, with three Serie A wins followed by a credible Europa League draw at White Hart Lane. The Biancocelesti were terribly unlucky to lose the home game to Genoa, having completely outclassed their less illustrious opponents, while Miroslav Klose’s confession that he had scored a goal with his hand set Napoli on course for a very important win at San Paolo. The Biancocelesti, however, have more than enough quality and experience to return to winning ways, while an extra day of rest should give them an extra edge over Siena.
Stefan Radu, Christian Brocchi, Modibo Diakite and Alvaro Gonzalez are all out through injury, but that shouldn’t prove to be such a big problem.
Great start for Siena
Siena have done really well to neutralize the six-point penalty in just five games, but their impressive results could be misleading if one hasn’t had the chance to watch the Robur in action. Serse Cosmi’s side started the season with a goalless draw against Torino that was followed by away defeat to Sampdoria, but they then managed to pick up no less than seven points from last three games. However, while they showed a real character in coming from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Udinese, Siena somehow managed to beat both Inter and Bologna despite being completely outclassed by their opponents. It is more than clear that Lady Luck has been smiling on Serse Cosmi’s side over the last few weeks, but I am afraid the team will soon pay the price for riding their luck in the last three games.
Matteo Contini and Andrea Campagnolo are both doubtful, while Alessandro Rosina, Francesco Bolzoni and Manuel Coppola are definitely out.
It is high time Lazio returned to winning ways and the Biancocelesti should have enough in them to see off in-form Siena. Robur’s latest results may have been impressive, but their showings are not nearly good enough and I just can’t see them getting anything from Olimpico.
Our prediction: Home win
Odds: 1.70 (7/10)