Date: 26th September 2020 at 8:00am
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Lazio kickstart their season on Saturday evening (18:00) when they make the trip to Sardinia to take on Cagliari.

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Cagliari (4-3-3): Cragno; Zappa, Walukiewicz, Godin, Lykogiannis; Mandez, Marin, Rog; Sottil, Simeone, Joao Pedro.

Unavailable: Ciocci, Pereiro, Cerri, Ceppitelli, Carbone.

Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile.

Unavailable: Vavro, Lulic, Proto, Felipe, Muriqi, Lukaku.

KEY STATISTICS

– Lazio are unbeaten in their last 12 games against Cagliari (W10 D2): their last defeat was back in May 2013, a 1-0 win for the Rossoblù with netting the winner.

– Both teams have scored in the last five matches between Cagliari and Lazio, a total of 17 goals (3.4 per match).

– Cagliari have lost their last two home games against Lazio; they have never lost three in a row against the Biancocelesti in the top flight.

– The last time Cagliari avoided defeat in both of their first two games of the season was in 2011/12 – the Sardinians could also draw two in their first two top flight games for the first time since 1981/82.

– When starting their season away from home, Lazio have won their last two matches (at in 2019 and Atalanta in 2016); they’ve never won more consecutive such matches on the road.

– Cagliari faced the most shots in the first game this season of any of the 14 teams to feature (33, nine on the target) and they also had the lowest possession figure (32.4%).

– The match played in Sardinia between Cagliari and Lazio in December 2019 was the only match in the 2019/20 season in which a team overturned a deficit and won a match via two goals in the 90th minute (93rd from Luis Alberto and 98th from Caicedo).

– Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone could find the net in each of his first two games of a season for the first time in his career – the Argentine has scored three goals against Lazio; only against Torino has he found the net more times in Serie A (4).

– Lazio striker Ciro Immobile has scored eight goals in 10 Serie A matches against Cagliari, including the first of 135 goals in the Italian top flight (in August 2012 with Genoa).

– Ciro Immobile has scored six goals in his last seven Serie A matches in his first appearance that season, including a brace in the first game of last season against Sampdoria.