Date: September 29, 2014
Venue: Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
Kick off time: 20:00 hrs BST
Palermo will host Lazio at their home ground in a fixture which is a part of the fifth round of matches in Serie A. Both teams have made a less than satisfactory start to their respective seasons and will be looking to make amends on that front.
Palermo form: D-D-L-D-L
The side have made a sub-standard start to the season and have 3 points from 4 matches this season. Their Italian Cup campaign had also ended in despair as they were beaten 3-0 by Modena in front of their home fans, in what was quite an embarrassment for the entire club.
Although the side have failed to win a single match this season, they have only lost one Serie A match against Hellas Verona. In the rest of their three matches, Palermo drew their matches against Sampdoria, Inter, and Napoli. Their results against the likes of Inter Milan (1-1) and Napoli (3-3) were creditable, but did not serve to improve their league position.
Lazio form: L-L-W-L-W
Lazio started the regular season with a 7-0 thumping of lower league side Bassano Virtus. However, they were brought back down to earth by AC Milan on the opening day of the season when they were beaten 3-1 at the San Siro.
The visitors had subsequently won their game against Cesena quite convincingly (3-0) after the international break. However, this past week has dealt a couple of successive blows to their campaign with a couple of narrow defeats at Genoa and Udinese at home.
Palermo: Franco Vazquez
The 25 year old Argentine has been involved in a lot of goal mouth action lately and has scored an awful lot of goals already for Palermo this term. Expect him to be a constant menace for the opposition defence on Monday night.
Lazio: Antonio Candreva
The Italian international has proved in recent times that he can be quite a handful as an operator who is at his best in between the lines. Candreva could be expected to be involved in most of Lazio’s good work in the final third.
A home win seems like the most probable result at this time despite the fact that the visitors have a better squad who are capable of playing a superior quality of football compared to Palermo.
Lazio start favourite at 2.5 (BetVictor) to win this, while Palermo are 3.25 with BetVictor. Expect a high-scoring encounter with bet365 offering 2.2 for more than 2.5 goals in the game.