Lazio vs. Milan: Will both teams score and who will win the first half?

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Sunday evening’s Serie A action sees two direct challengers for a top four spot go head-to-head at the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio play host Milan, with neither side in great form. The hosts are slight favourites in what should be a finely-balanced encounter.

Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 25 November, kick-off 17:00

Where you can see Lazio vs. Milan: Eleven Sports, William Hill

Last time: These two played out two 0-0 draws in their Coppa Italia meeting last season, while prior to that, Milan won the Serie A encounter at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 2-1 but they fell to a 4-1 loss at the Stadio Olimpico in the reverse league fixture.

Milan to win first half 29/10 Offer Williamhill
NO to Both Teams to Score 11/10 Offer Betvictor
Draw 0-0 11/1 Offer 888sport

Lazio vs. Milan Predictions and Preview

This looks set to be a high stakes encounter at the Stadio Olimpico, with the two sides separated by just one place and one point in the Serie A standings.

One of the more striking elements of this fixture last season was that the two played out consecutive scoreless draws in last season’s Coppa Italia.

Whilst a repeat of a 0-0 is still far from likely to happen, you can get odds of a third consecutive goalless affair between the two at 11/1.

That is directly linked into evaluating whether or not both teams will score in the match. Milan have failed to do so in two of their last five matches – against Inter and Juventus – while Lazio also could not score against either of those two opponents.

Indeed, five teams have scored more Serie A goals than Milan (21) this season while seven have managed more than Lazio (18) with Genoa, in 14th, netting just one goal fewer.

Such statistics point to a game where goals may be hard to come by, especially with the Rossoneri being without suspended star striker Gonzalo Higuain.

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It is likely that at least one side will fail to find the net in this game, with favourable odds of 11/10 for such an event, with Both Teams To Score available at 4/6.

Narrowing it down to the first half, Lazio have only been ahead in three of their 12 league matches to date at the break, although all three (Genoa, Fiorentina, SPAL) have been in home games.

Milan have been much the more proactive team in first halves – leading seven times at the halfway point, although sometimes (a 3-2 loss at Napoli and draws with Atalanta and Empoli) they have thrown points away in the second half.

The visitors are available at 13/8 to be the team to open the scoring first in the game (with Lazio at 8/13) while Gennaro Gattuso’s men are 29/10 to win the first half, with the equivalent odds for the hosts at 8/5.

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