Lazio vs Bologna: Match Preview
Lazio return the the Stadio Olimpico in game week 26 of Serie A, the Biancocelesti are undefeated at home this season and are looking to extend their undefeated streak to 21 games as they host Sinisa Mihajlovic and his Bologna side in the early Saturday kick-off.
Lazio are unbeaten in 13 games against Bologna in Serie A (6W, 7D): this is the longest series of matches without defeat for the biancocelesti against a single opponent currently in the league.
The build up for the fixture has been less than ideal, Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile skipped training with a fever, Milinkovic-Savic was also rested due to fatigue and Francesco Acerbi is still likely to not be included due to the muscular problem in his thigh.
Senad Lulic will be out of action for a few more weeks, Luiz Felipe returns from suspension to bolster the back three.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna side have won four of their last five Serie A away matches (including the last two): as many as in the previous 38. They have only suffered defeat away from the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara by more than a single goal all season (Sassuolo 3-1).
The good news for the Rossoblu is that Jerdy Schouten and Stefano Denswil return from suspension, but Ibrahima Mbaye is banned instead. The injury list just keeps growing, with Lukasz Skorupski joining Mattias Svanberg, Nicola Sansone, Roberto Soriano, Federico Santander, Gary Medel, Ladislav Krejci and Mitchell Dijks on the treatment table.
Form: Lazio (W,W,W,D,W) Bologna (D,L,W,W,W)
Last Season: Lazio 3-3 Bologna
Lazio vs Bologna: Expected Lineups
Bologna: Da Costa; Tomiyasu, Danilo, Bani, Denswil; Dominguez, Poli; Orsolini, Skov-Olsen, Barrow; Palacio
Lazio vs Bologna: One to Watch
Manuel Lazzari: After losing his starting position over the last few weeks to Adam Marušić all eyes will be on the Italian in this fixture. The Montenegrin who replaced Lazzari put in two strong performances in the Lazio shirt, therefore Lazzari will need to impress and hopefully add to his tally of three assists in the league this season.
Lazio vs Bologna: Top Tip
Home victory: Bologna could be in line to equal their club record by conceding in 21 consecutive rounds of Serie A.
Lazio vs Bologna: Prediction
Lazio are showing no signs of slowing down in their improbable Scudetto challenge and I am backing them to increase the pressure on Juventus prior to the big fixture of the weekend between Juventus and Inter which is to be played behind closed doors.
Prediction: Lazio 2-1 Bologna