Lazio managed to win 1-0 at Torino last weekend, which put them four points clear of Inter Milan in the race for Champions League football. Lazio look strong in fourth place ahead of the final three matches of the season, and they are aiming to see off sixth placed Atalanta on Sunday and close in on a return to the biggest stage. Can they secure a huge home win, with a massive clash against Inter Milan looming on the final day of the season?

Atalanta are pushing for a European place, as they’ve edged ahead of the pack in the fight for the Europa League. They have won three on the bounce to put themselves in the driving seat, but is this a bridge too far for la Dea? Having enjoyed a brilliant run in Europe already this term, the visitors know exactly what is on the line during the run-in, so they’re bound to be focused on keeping their spot in the top six.

The hosts are setting records and speeding towards a strong finish, as Lazio have picked up 70 points so far, two fewer than their best ever tally in a Serie A season (72 in season 1999-2000, when they won their last Scudetto). They picked up 70 last season on their way to a fifth placed finish – being pipped by Atalanta in the end – and now the Aquile can break their record and move within reach of booking a Champions League spot. With two wins from their next two, they’ll be confirmed in the top four before hosting Inter on the final day, which would save Simone Inzaghi from plenty of stress.

The Aquile can step things up a gear in order to book their top four finish, but they’re taking on an Atalanta side who have scored in seven of their last eight matches. The visitors have found the net in 88% of their trips this season, averaging 1.5 goals per game on the road. These two played out a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture, while the last three encounters have seen 16 goals scored. With that in mind, this could be a really entertaining match.

Lazio come in to this one as the top scorers in the league, while no one has managed to pick up more points in the last eight Serie A matches than these two teams. Having scored 2.47 goals per game at home this season, we expect another big scoring game for the goal-friendly Aquile, after seeing over 2.5 goals land in 77% of their league matches this season, so over 2.5 looks like great value.

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