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There were fireworks when Lazio and Fiorentina clashed most recently in Italian Serie A and one expects sparks to fly when they meet on Sunday in Round Eight of this season.
Both Lazio and Fiorentina were reduced to 10 men inside 14 minutes of their Italian Serie A match in Florence six months ago and then the floodgates opened – Fiorentina led 2-0, Lazio equalised before going down 2-3, the White and Sky Blues rallied and hit the front and the Purples failed to strike back in a thrilling game that ended 4-3 in favour of the away sides. Both teams have scored in each of the last half a dozen Italian Serie A matches between Lazio and Fiorentina and that is the option that one wants to play when the seventh-ranked and third-ranked sides meet again.
Lazio is seventh on the Italian Serie A ladder with a 4-0-3 record that, based on expected goals and expected points, is fair enough – the White and Sky Blues should have scored a couple of more goals but their points tally is, if anything, one roll too high. Lazio has scored in six of its seven Italian Serie A games this term – away to Juventus being the exception to the rule – and, while the White and Sky Blues will be backing up from their UEFA Europa League Group H trip to Frankfurt on Thursday, which makes backing them to win unappealing, they look good for at least one goal for and their physical exertions should make life somewhat easier for Fiorentina to get on the scoresheet as well. Back both teams to score at 4/6 1.67 -150 0.67 -1.50 0.67 with Betway.
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Third on the Italian Serie A ladder with a 4-1-2 ledger, Fiorentina deserves its 13 points even though it merits a slightly less impressive goal difference. Fiorentina has found the back of the next in half a dozen of its seven Italian Serie A matches and Lazio is one of the division’s major players that is likely to stick around its top six.
The eighth round of Italian Serie A games will kick off on Friday when Torino hosts Frosinone. Bookmakers are betting as though it will be a routine Italian Serie A home victory for Torino and one agrees with their sentiment, with the most attractive wager being the Maroons to win to nil at 23/22 2.05 +105 1.05 1.05 -0.95 with BetVictor.
Torino is 12th on the Italian Serie A ladder and its two losses in the first seven rounds have occurred against a couple of the league’s heavyweights, Roma and Napoli. But Torino’s defence is one of Italian Serie A’s best performing units having conceded seven goals compared to an expected concession of six goals. One thinks Torino is capable of becoming the sixth Italian Serie A team to shut out 19th-ranked Frosinone this season – the Canaries ought to have scored about five goals instead of their actual one but they are rightfully positioned in the relegation zone.
Each of last term’s Italian Serie A matches between Torino and Frosinone resulted in a Maroons win without a clean sheet but the Canaries are not flying this season and they have yet to score from open play; Camillo Ciano converted a 41st-minute penalty kick versus Genoa last weekend.
One’s third Italian Serie A pick is the double chance of either Bologna or draw at 7/9 1.78 -129 0.78 -1.29 0.78 with 188bet in Saturday’s game at Cagliari.
Cagliari has won just one of its seven Italian Serie A matches and, according to expected goals, the Sardinia-based side did not deserve to defeat Atalanta in that game. On expected points, Cagliari should be 19th on the Italian Serie A ladder so the opportunity to get not far off even money about the struggling host failing to beat 15th-ranked Bologna, which has won two of its last three league matches, is too good to pass up and makes one’s portfolio. Both of last term’s Italian Serie A games between Cagliari and Bologna ended all square so history favours punters.
Both teams to score in Lazio versus Fiorentina
Sunday 7th October, 14:00 BST
Odds: 4/6 1.67 -150 0.67 -1.50 0.67
Torino to win to nil versus Frosinone
Friday 5th October, 19:30 BST
Odds: 23/22 2.05 +105 1.05 1.05 -0.95
Bologna or Draw (Double Chance)
Saturday 6th October, 14:00 BST
Odds: 7/9 1.78 -129 0.78 -1.29 0.78