Surprised by Torino in the Italian League, Lazio have this Thursday, December 14, the chance of rehabilitation in the Italian Cup. He will make his debut in the 2017/2018 season of the tournament against Cittadella at the Olympic stadium in Rome. The game is worth for the fifth phase of the competition and begins at 18h (Brasília time).
The regulation establishes the definition of the match in only one match at this stage of the competition. Thus, if there is a tie will be carried out an extension of 30 minutes and the same persistence the decision will be made in charges of penalties.
Lazio’s recent performance
The Olympic stadium was the seat of a surprise on Monday, December 11. For the sixteenth round of the Italian Serie A, Lazio was beaten by Torino, 3: 1. At 32 points (ten wins, two draws and three losses), the capital’s team remained in fifth place. However, he saw the difference for the top four, who scored on the day, increase.
In the comparison with the Internazionale, leader, the gap rose to eight points. Lazio closes the classification zone for European tournaments. At the moment, would have a place in the Europa League. To fight for a place in the Champions League, you need to be in the top four. In that case, Rome is the closest rival. Three points separate the clubs from the capital.
Lazio’s second defeat, which was beaten by Waregem on Thursday, December 7, 3-2 in the Europa League, had a decisive event. The attacker Ciro Immobile (16 games in the Italian Championship 2017/2018, 15 goals), was sent off in the first half with a header in a rival. At that moment, the scorer recorded a goalless draw. In the decisive stage, with an athlete less than Lazio did not resist.
In Italy, penalties in Serie A do not affect the games of the Glass of Italy. So, if coach Simone Inzaghi wishes, Immobile could be scaled on Thursday. He most likely should keep the athlete, team scorer in season. Even because the striker will be suspended for Sunday’s game against Atalanta and has two injured athletes from the offensive system: David de Gennaro (a game without goals) and Nani (five games, a goal).
The current form of Cittadella
The Cittadella had the advantage of playing earlier in the round. He entered the field on Saturday, December 9. At home, tied with Avelino, 2-2, in a clash that earned the eighteenth round Serie B of the Italian Championship. He extended that way to five games (four wins and one draw) his unbeaten run.
With 28 points (eight wins, four draws and six losses), it occupies the sixth place of the Second Division. The tournament ranks the first two directly into the A-Series. Teams between the third and the eighth position vie for the third and final place.
The block of classified is closed by Parma, who tries to return to the elite division of Italian football, which has two points more than Cittadella.
In the Glass of Italy, Cittadella began to participate in the second phase. He defeated Albinoleffe 2-1 at home. Then, away from home, thrashed Bologna by 3 to 0 as a visitor. Again as a visitor he beat the Spal, in Serie A, 2-0, in the fourth stage of the competition.
History of the matches Lazio vs Cittadella
The teams have already crossed paths in the 2005/2006 edition of the Italian Cup. Lazio took the best by winning 2-0 at home and drawing no goals at the rival’s stadium.
The recent defeats suffered by Lazio should be minimized. In the Europa League, with the team already classified, Inzaghi promoted the relay of the cast. After all, the game against Waregem only served to comply with the table. The failure before Torino can be placed in the account of Immobile’s defiance.
Thus, even with the recent stumbling the team of the capital should be considered the best option to guess for the confrontation this Thursday. It has a price of 1.22 in Rivalo. Draw pays 6.00 and successful visitor in regular time yields 11.00 for 1.