AC Milan welcome Lazio to San Siro on Sunday in what will be the first real test for both sides this term. The Rossoneri are two out of two after winning against Sampdoria and Cagliari, while Maurizio Sarri’s men have impressed heavily and comfortably dispatched Empoli and Spezia.
Where and when: San Siro – 12 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see AC Milan vs. Lazio: BT Sport
Last time: Joaquin Correa was on fire and netted a brace in Lazio’s 3-0 thrashing of Milan back in April. Ciro Immobile added the third on what was a miserable night for the Rossoneri.
Milan v Lazio Predictions and Preview
Two sides with perfect records in Serie A clash this weekend, when Milan host Lazio on Sunday evening. The Rossoneri will be boosted by the expected return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to have recovered from his knee injury, while Ciro Immobile has a slight physical problem after the international break, but is expected to feature for Lazio.
Stefano Pioli’s men were extremely dominant in the 4-1 victory against Cagliari last time out, as Olivier Giroud’s late brace cemented the comfortable win. However, with the Frenchman ruled out because of Covid, Ibrahimovic will most likely step into the starting XI for the first time in four months. The Swede has been training for more than a week with the squad and even scored twice and provided an assist in a training game.
Alessandro Florenzi arrived from Roma, but looked out of shape during Italy’s 1-1 draw against Bulgaria, so he is not expected to start. Tiemoue Bakayoko completed his return from Chelsea and will push for a place in the starting XI, as there are some question marks over Frank Kessie’s condition, while Ismael Bennacer has just recovered from Covid.
Milan are having a tough time against Lazio recently, as the Rossoneri have lost three out of their last five games against the Biancocelesti. Stefano Pioli’s side suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat in their last meeting, but won their last game at home 3-2.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
Over 2.5 goals
Lazio to win
Immobile to score first
The Biancocelesti have so far impressed heavily under new boss Maurizio Sarri, winning both of their Serie A games so far with an impressive 9-2 goal difference. However, those games were against Empoli and Spezia, so it will be interesting to see if Lazio can be so dominant against the better teams.
They certainly were in their last meeting with Milan, as Joaquin Correa (2) and Ciro Immobile scored the goals for a 3-0 win in Rome. Correa has now joined Inter, as he doesn’t fit into Sarri’s tactical plan, but the likes of Immobile, Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto seem to be thriving in Lazio’s new 4-3-3 setup.
Pedro and Felipe Anderson are already looking sharp after joining in the summer, while another new signing, Mattia Zaccagni, provides depth and might make his debut after arriving from Hellas Verona.
A victory for the Rossoneri is priced at 5/4 with William Hill, while the draw can be backed at 5/2. What would be Lazio’s third win in four visits to Milan is available at 21/1.
The last four games between these teams have seen over 2.5 goals, so placing a bet on the same happening again here at 8/13 seems like a good option. Both teams to score cannot be ruled out as well, as this has been the case in three of the last four games and it is available at 4/7.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is finally expected to return to the pitch, as the big Swede has been recovering from a knee injury all summer and is yet to feature for the Rossoneri this term. With Olivier Giroud ruled out by Covid, Zlatan’s return will be more than welcome and he is available at 7/2 to score the opener against Lazio.
One to watch for Lazio: Ciro Immobile was heavily criticized for his performances for Italy lately, but the 31-year-old is as deadly as ever for his club. Immobile scored a hat-trick in Lazio’s last game – a 6-1 thrashing of Spezia and also has three goals in his last three outings against Milan, so at 7/2 he is one of the main favourites to break the deadlock on Sunday.
Long shot: Lazio have won on two of their last three visits to Milan, while there’s been over 2.5 goals in four consecutive games between these teams. A Lazio victory with both teams scoring is available at 4/1, while the odds rise to 22/1 if you pair this with Ciro Immobile to score the opener.