Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Torino play host to Lazio at their Stadio Olimpico di Torino on Sunday afternoon. Il Toro were more than unfortunate not to beat Sassuolo on the road in their last league match, with the team dropping a two-goal advantage in the dying minutes. Marco Giampaolo’s men, though, have been showing signs of improvement of late, and they are surely capable of matching Lazio on home soil.
Baselli, Zaza, and Izzo are sidelined with injuries for the hosts, while goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic remains out of contention through suspension. The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, welcome Vanja’s brother Sergej Milinkovic-Savic back to the starting line-up as the Serbia superstar has overcome his injury. The capital club did well to beat Bologna at home in their last league match, but given Torino’s display in the 3-3 draw with Sassuolo, share of spoils is on the cards in Turin.
Highlighted Player (Andrea Belotti):
Andrea Belotti began his youth career at Grumellese at the age of 10 and after spending three years at the club, he joined Albinolefe in 2006. As expected, he made his senior debut for the club on 10 March, 2012 and it has to be noted that the Italian striker scored 14 goals in 37 league appearances for the Seriani. Belotti, who was born on 20 December, 1993, joined Palermo on loan in 2013 and in July, 2014 the Sicilian outfit turned his loan move to a co-ownership.
The Italian attacker scored 16 goals for Palermo in 62 league appearances for the club and on 18 August, 2015 he signed a deal with Torino for a fee of €7.5 million.
Three months later he scored first goal in the Italian top flight for Torino and he helped the team record a 2-0 win over Bologna. Andrea Belotti has 18 caps for Italy U21 and he scored nine goals for the team.
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.