Our prediction for this match:
Vitality Stadium will host Friday’s football game between Bournemouth and Lazio, who face each other in a pre-season friendly. Bournemouth aim to build on a 3-1 win over Brentford, whereas Lazio are eager to keep their 100% record in pre-season intact. The Cherries are well known for their attacking style of play and given the number of prolific attackers in Eddie Howe’s troops, we are positive that the Premier League outfit will find the net in Friday’s warm-up game.
The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, have netted 14 goals in total in three pre-season games against Triestina (5-2), Virtus Entella (5-0) and Mantova (4-0) and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a friendly match.
Highlighted Player (Jordon Ibe):
Jordon Ibe is regarded as one of the most talented players in England. Ibe was born on 8 December, 1995 and he began his senior career at Wycombe Wanderers. After being on Liverpool’s radar during the 2011/2012 season, the Premier League club made their move and eventually secured his signature on 20 December 2011 for an undisclosed fee.
Jordan Ibe plays as a winger and he is well known for impressive pace, power and control. He made 27 appearances for Liverpool in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and he scored one goal in the process. On 14 July, 2016 he signed a four-year contract with Bournemouth for a fee of £15m (club record).
Ibe received his first call-up for England U21 in August 2015, but is has to be noted that he is also eligible to play for Nigeria through his father. However, Ibe confirmed in 2015 that he would represent the England national team on international stage.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.