Atalanta v Lazio Prediction: Serie A Match on 30.10.2021
Lazio are a team respected at the highest level of Italian football and a regular in European competition. They open every campaign hoping to break their way back into the top four and secure UEFA Champions League involvement but the Europa League has been their lot in most recent campaigns. This year will be no different and Lazio will aim high, hoping to find the form needed to put pressure on the leaders and cause the odd upset on the road while making their home stadium a fortress. They started well enough and can be found in eighth place, within touching distance of the top four places.
Atalanta have the home advantage, are higher in the table and boast the better form, but Lazio will come to win, knowing their hosts are low on confidence. There should be plenty of chances in this match, and the stats tell us we could have a few goals to look forward to. A scoring draw wouldn’t be the biggest surprise of the season.
The race for the Italian Serie A title resumes this weekend with teams battling for position at the top of the table while others fight to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone after suffering a poor start. There’s plenty to keep followers interested over the course of the weekend but Sunday is the busiest day with the highest quality of fixtures. The one that caught the attention of our team of football writers involves Atalanta and Lazio, two sides hoping to bag three points and boost their chances of finishing in the prizes.
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Atalanta lack consistency
The locals can take heart from the fact they are unbeaten in two games, following a 4-1 win over Empoli away from home with a 1-1 at this venue when hosting Udinese last weekend. Malinovskiy got the opening goal of that match and it looked like Atalanta would take all three points but were pegged back by a strike from Betuncal on 94 minutes. That was a bitter pill to swallow for everyone connected to the club but these things happen every week in the top leagues and Atalanta must bounce back as soon as possible.
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Lazio scored a famous 3-1 home win over Inter Milan earlier this month before slipping to a goalless draw with Marseille in Italy on Europa League duty. Then came the heavy defeat away to Hellas Verona, a team they were expected to beat with a bit to spare. That match finished 4-1 in a game that was nothing more than an embarrassment for the beaten side. The defence was torn to shreds that week by Simeone, who scored all four goals himself, and fans are now demanding better.
Lazio have lost two of three
These teams met three times last season on league and cup duty and those games served up a total of 14 goals. Neutrals and armchair fans watching this renewal live on television hope to see more of the same with a fair share of goals to cheer. The most recent clash produced a convincing 3-1 win for Lazio at this venue in January but only after Atalanta beat them 3-2 at the same stadium in the Coppa Italia the game before. How will this one play out? Let’s look for some clues in the form and stats.
The pre-match betting has Atalanta priced at 1.825 to win this game, with Lazio trading at 3.96 and the draw priced at 3.92.
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Atalanta v Lazio prediction
Atalanta started the weekend down in fifth place after nine games played and they are in the mix for another top four finish this season and return to the Champions League next term. The hosts have won four, drawn three and lost two games so far, scoring 15 and conceding 11. They have collected 15 points which puts them 10 behind leaders Napoli already but only a point off Roma in fourth place who have won only one of their last four league games.
Lazio have 14 points on the board down in eighth place in the league, and Roma have 16 points on the board in fourth, so there’s all to play for. No one at Lazio will be reaching for the panic button just yet, it’s still far too early in the season to be getting worried, but they have lost two of their last three league matches and were beaten last week. It was another blow to their campaign but one the players will be desperate to respond to, returning to winning ways and helping steady the ship as soon as possible. An away win over Atalanta would certainly help get the fans back on side.
Serie A odds
This is an intriguing match and will keep followers guessing right up to the final whistle. Both Atalanta and Lazio are capable of winning this and have the attacking flair to score goals, but both also have it in them to throw in a stinker. They have weak defences and are prone to mistakes when under pressure. This could be an end to end game.
Both Atalanta and Lazio have enjoyed decent starts to the 2021/22 campaign and are in and around the European slots but so far have lacked the consistency needed to challenge the leaders. Napoli and AC Milan are already miles clear of the chasing pack and it looks like the title could be another two-horse race this term. A contest Atalanta and Lazio won’t be involved in unless they seriously improve their results.
The race for a top four finish is sure to be a competitive one this season but Atalanta have failed to make Roma pay for their mistakes and they too have lacked the consistency needed to punish those above them. Atalanta have also won only one of their last four league games, drawing two and losing the spare. They were held to a level finish last weekend meaning the hosts have bagged just five of the last dozen points on the table.