Lazio restart their Serie A campaign on Sunday, as they travel to Monza. They will be looking to maintain their excellent run before the international break, as they bid to claim second in the overall standings.
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It has been an excellent campaign to this point for Lazio, but they will need to maintain their performance levels if they have ambitions of finishing second in the standings. The Italian giants currently hold a five-point advantage over fifth-placed AS Roma, and they come into the restart after winning four of their previous five Serie A matches.
Much of their success has been built on their defensive qualities this term, as they have managed to keep 16 clean sheets in 27 matches. They have only bettered that tally on two previous occasions in their history, but their current form suggests that they could surpass the 18 set in 2006-07. Lazio has an excellent history against newly promoted sides, as they have gone unbeaten in 16 of their previous 17.
Monza will have the home advantage this weekend, as they bid to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to four games. They have eased any relegation worries in recent weeks, and they now sit 16 points clear of the drop zone. Meanwhile, they could move up to tenth with a victory this weekend.
The Italian side has an excellent home record in recent months, as they have lost just once in eight previous matches. Their only home defeat over that period was suffered against AC Milan in February. That home form could be key to their chances this weekend, as they come up against a Lazio side that are playing their best football this season.
Monza vs Lazio Head to Head
The reverse fixture between these sides came in November, with Lazio picking up a scrappy 1-0 win. However, Monza has picked up just one point from their five clashes against teams located in the top four places in the league standings this term.
Monza vs Lazio Prediction
Monza will come into the final months of the season with limited pressure, as their season goal of survival already appears to have been achieved. Lazio will have the greater need to claim maximum points, and that could be telling with their approach. For that reason, we expect the visitors to pick up victory on Sunday.
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