Dogged Serie A outfit Verona are next up for a Lazio squad in turmoil. The Biancocelesti have completely fallen apart in July, losing four matches and significant ground on Juventus in the process. Meanwhile, the hosts are 9th on their return to Italy’s top flight and will prove stubborn opposition for the the Rome club.
Where and when: Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona – 26 July kick-off 18:30
Where you can see Verona vs. Lazio: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The sides played out a goalless draw in February.
Verona v Lazio Predictions and Preview
Ivan Juric is a man in demand. The Croatian’s work with Verona has impressed Fiorentina and the 44-year-old is expected to make a decision on his future soon.
The Gialloblu are very much in the mould of their manager and only three teams in the division have a better defensive record. Verona did something few have managed this term and contained free scoring Atalanta to just one goal on Matchday 34. La Dea were frustrated by a resolute backline as Amir Rrahmani kept the Champions League hopefuls at bay.
The Napoli owned defender has impressed alongside Marash Kumbulla who is at the centre of a tug of war between Lazio and Inter. The Albanian international currently operates in a back three and would slot in seamlessly to either setup.
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|Lazio to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
|Under 1.5 goals||10/3||Offer|
Matteo Pessina will be joined by Samuel Di Carmine and Fabio Borini in attack. The Atalanta loanee has struck on seven occasions and there has even been talk former side Milan are exploring the possibility of bringing the midfielder back to San Siro. Pessina is an attractive 10/1 to open proceedings and Verona are 14/5 to emerge victorious. The draw is 13/5.
Travelling party Lazio are assured of Champions League football in 2021 but this year promised so much more. The Biancocelesti were a point adrift of Juventus when the campaign was halted in March and now find themselves 11 behind the Scudetto holders.
Simone Inzaghi will go with Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo upfront. The Neapolitan hitman is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the standings with 30 strikes and is 12/5 to break the deadlock.
Inzaghi is without Joaquin Correa, but will hope to have Luis Alberto back in contention. The Spaniard makes Lazio tick and has contributed 14 assists and five goals from 32 appearances. Alberto is 13/8 to register anytime and the Biancocelesti are 19/20 to claim the spoils.
One to watch for Verona: Former Roma player Borini will relish the chance to pile more misery on the Biancocelesti and is 15/2 to notch the final effort of the contest.
One to watch for Lazio: Sergej Milinković-Savić is reportedly nearing the end of his time with the club and will want to bow out in style. The giant Serbian is 2/1 to score anytime.
Long shot: Verona are formidable on home soil and have avoided defeat in 13 of their 17 games at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi. The Gialloblu beat champions elect Juventus in February and also took something from the contests with Inter and Gian Piero Gasperini’s high-flyers. A 2-2 result against a crisis hit Lazio is 13/1.