Lazio will square off against Genoa on Sunday afternoon looking for a victory which will strengthen their hold of a top-six place in the Serie A standings.
At a time when the visitors are pushing for European qualification, Genoa are three points adrift of safety after their previous unbeaten run was ended earlier this week.
After losing in the last 32 of the Europa League and going through an inconsistent spell in Serie A, Lazio’s season looked like unravelling at the end of February.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s side have since responded with three wins from four games, their solitary defeat coming by a 3-0 scoreline at neighbours Roma.
Come the end of the campaign, that result may prove costly, but the victories which have been posted during the same period have kept Lazio within two points of their great rivals.
While Ciro Immobile has recently moved up to 21 goals in Serie A, it was Manuel Lazzari and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who got on the scoresheet during the 2-1 triumph over Sassuolo last weekend.
Goals have not been a problem for I Biancocelesti – they hold the second-best attacking record in the division – but their only clean sheets in eight fixtures have come against teams currently occupying places in the bottom four.
Genoa’s Manolo Portanova and Davide Biraschi applaud fans after the match with Atalanta BC on December 21, 2021© Reuters
With Genoa in 19th position, Lazio will be confident of posting another shutout, although they face opponents who have battled hard to remain within touching distance of safety.
Remarkably, Genoa still have only two wins from 31 matches to their name this season, but an eight-game unbeaten streak has kept Alexander Blessin’s side with more than just hope.
On a negative note, that run came to an end on Monday as Il Grifone went down 1-0 at Hellas Verona, the decisive strike coming as early as the fifth minute, and Genoa have now scored just once in five games.
Nevertheless, you have to go all the way back to January 17 for the last time that Genoa conceded more than once in a top-flight fixture, a record which gives them a chance of upsetting the odds at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.