Parma 0-1 Lazio: post match review, statistical analysis & man of the match

Parma vs Lazio: Post Match Review

The Biancocelesti are now unbeaten in 18 league games which cements Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio side into the clubs history as they set a new all-time club record with victory over Parma.

This run of form should come as a lesson to football fans across Europe, Lazio opted to not sack Inzaghi after failures earlier in his tenure at the club.

Parma started the game well and forced Thomas Strakosha into a save on the 9th minute, Jasmin Kurtic striking his free kick well which Strakosha pushed around the post for a corner.

Minutes later (12) Ciro Immobile cut inside his marker and drilled his shot inches wide.

Parma then enjoyed another period of sustained pressure which ended with Lucas Leiva lashing the ball over the bar on the 21st minute.

Eight goals now for Caicedo this season.

Lazio broke the deadlock just before half-time when Luis Alberto floated in a ball from the right, Immobile knocked it down and Caicedo fired in the volley from six yards. 0-1.

Parma fought back, on the 54th minute Luiz Felipe flung himself in the way of a Riccardo Gagliolo half-volley to deflect it wide, the defender celebrated the block showing the passion and desire in this current side.

From the resulting corner Marusic made a risky challenge and Strakosha fingertipped Caprari’s effort out from under the bar, this was not easy viewing for fellow Laziali.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure, as Strakosha beat away a fierce strike from Kucka (70), Gagliolo made the follow up but sent his rebound wide.

The Drughi Bianconeri threw their dummies out when Francesco Acerbi seemed to clearly pull the Cornelius jersey, putting him off balance in the box. Clearly viewing this with tinted glasses, the harsh reality was that there was no foul hence why there was no stoppage in play as VAR intervened.

Dejan Kulusevski had another chance with the final moments of the game, his curler grazing the crossbar.

Lazio, un-beaten in Serie A over an 18 game period.

Parma vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis

Parma had an xG figure of 0.71 whilst Lazio 1.67 which showed that Lazio had created more chances across the game which had a higher xG figure.

Taking a look at the above diagram you can see that Lazio scored from a shot with a high xG value, Caicedo who scored on the 40th minute through his right footed strike which has a value of 0.47.

The diagram also shows you that in the second half both teams created plenty of opportunities, Parma’s xG timeline was pretty much flat during the first half, however as the game opened up chances were being created at both ends on a fairly frequent basis.

Parma vs Lazio: Man of the Match

Luis Alberto: with 93 touches of the ball against Parma, the Spaniard was again the heartbeat of the Lazio side. Alberto created four key passes and also completed five dribbles in a game which the biancocelesti were missing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic through suspension.

Alberto playing down his favoured left side channel was always a threat and for me must be considered as one of the top performers in Serie A this season. The midfielder has managed to continue to perform week in week out at the very top of his game, Lazio need to get him to put pen to paper with a view to extending his deal as soon as possible.