Lazio have endured a tough start to their Serie A campaign and things won’t get any easier when they host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Both teams go into this game on the back of heavy defeats but Atleti look like they have the firepower to come away from the Stadio Olimpico with the three points this week.
Lazio are looking healthy on the injury front, with manager Maurizio Sarri having no fresh concerns following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Juventus.
Sarri might well look to tinker with his starting lineup after that loss to the Old Lady, with central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi pushing for a first start since joining Lazio on a season-long loan.
As for Atletico, manager Diego Simeone does have some first-team regulars missing for the trip to the Italian capital.
Thomas Lemar is the latest concern after he suffered an Achilles tendon injury in the 3-0 loss to Valencia at the weekend.
Lemar joins midfielders Rodrigo De Paul and Koke on the absentee list for Tuesday’s clash in the Eternal City.
Atletico Madrid to win @ 7/5
Four games into their Serie A campaign and Lazio find themselves down in 15th place in the table, with only three points from their opening quartet of outings.
A 2-1 away win at reigning champions Napoli raised eyebrows but came in and around defeats to Lecce, Genoa and Juventus.
Atletico suffered that surprise defeat to Valencia last time out but had made a solid start to the season until that point.
A 7-0 win at Rayo Vallecano before the international break was a standout performance and showed just how dangerous Los Colchoneros’ attack can be when they get going.
Only Barcelona have scored more goals than Atletico this season and the Blaugrana have played a game extra in La Liga.
Given the firepower of Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay in attack, Atleti should have enough quality to come out on top in this one.
Alvaro Morata to score anytime @ 9/5
A key figure in that Atleti attack, Morata looks like he can have a big part to play on his return to Italy.
The former Juventus striker has made a positive start to the new season with three goals in his first four La Liga appearances.
Morata seemed to enjoy games against Lazio during his time with Juve, scoring three goals previously against I Biancocelesti.
The Spain international is in confident scoring form and the 30-year-old striker is well-priced at 9/5 to score anytime in this Champions League opener for both clubs.