Our best sports betting pick for August 20, 2022, comes from the opening game of Seria A's second round with this Torino v Lazio prediction. Both teams won their first fixtures with a 2:1 scoreline, so they are coming into this game in bullish mood. How are the odds stacked up in this game according to the major online bookmakers and what are the best bets to make profit on here? Let's find out.
Torino Looking Good Despite Recent Turmoil
Torino started the season with a solid away win at newcomers Monza. They took an 0:2 lead and had their game well decided in their favor and Monza scored just a consolation goal in stoppage time (94th minute). Sanabria scored a beautiful scissor kick tap-in in what was one of the prettiest goals from a yard out you will ever see. Then new signing Russian Miranchuk scored the second goal for Toro.It was an impressive performance by Toro, especially given the turmoil surrounding the club heading into this new season.
To expand a bit on that turmoil, well, Torino were forced to go through a quick overhaul this summer due to some major players leaving. First, Torino's best defender Bremer was sold to Juventus last month, seriously weakening their backline as it's quite hard to replace a player of such quality. They are looking to do just that with the signing of Perr Schuurs from Ajax for €9.5m. He is a 22-year developed int he academy of Fortuna Sittard and bought by Ajax in 2018 for €2m. The deal was officially announced yesterday, on August 18, so he will not feature in the Torino v Lazio match on August 20th, 2022.
Toro lost a lot of quality in attack as well. Up front, their most enigmatic player in recent years, their absolute talisman, Andrea Belotti ended his contract with the club on June 30, and since then has become a free agent and weighing on his offers, which include top clubs from all over Europe - Valencia, Borussia, Olympique Marseille, and most likely Roma.
Torino coach Ivan Juric gets into a fight with the sporting director over poor transfer campaign and squad selection
To add to the chaos surrounding the club, Sasa Lukic, who is probably their most creative midfielder and became club captain, recently submitted a transfer request in shock to everyone at the club. He asked to be left out of the squad for the opening game last week and was pushing for an away transfer. That particular matters seems to be getting resolved, and he will probably stay, at least until the winter transfer window, but it's not clear if he will feature in the game against Lazio. The latest rumors are that he is negotiating a new contract with a salary bump and might be given a place in the starting lineup if everything goes according to plan.
Same Old Lazio
Of course, to make accurate sports betting picks, one must examine both sides, so we take a look at the visitors in this Torino v Lazio prediction for August 20, 2022. Lazio have been a steady ship under their charismatic head coach Maurizio Sarri. They play and attractive, attacking brand of football, the so called Sarri-ball, and that usually produces open matches with Over 2.5 Goals.
Lazio will continue to rely heavily on their frontman Ciro Immobile, who is actually a former Torino player and in fact made a name for himself in their Seria A at the Turin club. In games against ex teams, it's always a good idea to back the player to score, and the odds for Immobile of doing at any time are currently offered at 2.37 at bet365.com.
While betting on Immobile to score against his former club is certainly a good option, Lazion has plenty of other attacking threats. Brazillian Feilpe Anderson is a very gifted player in the final third of the pitch and Zaccagni has been a real revelation and developing quite nicely. So Lazio certainly has what it takes to create serious issues for Torino's defense, but they are quite leaky at the back themselves. So what should you expect from this game and which are the best bets here.
Torino vs. Lazio Expected Line-ups
Torino (3-4-2-1): Milinković-Savić; Rodriguez, Djidji, Adopo; Aina, Lukić, Linetty, Singo; Radonjić, Miranchuk; Sanabria
Lazio (4-3-3): Provedel; Marusic, Romagnoli, Patric; Lazzari; Milinković-Savić, Cataldi, Bašić; Zaccagni; Immobile, Anderson
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