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Betting: Two-way battle for second heats up as Lazio fight for fourth

15:20 BST 25/05/2017
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There's lots still to be decided in Serie A and we have picked a bet from a game in the battle between Europa League aspirants and relegation fodder

While Juventus wrapped up their record breaking sixth successive Scudetto last weekend, there is still plenty to be decided heading into the final round of Serie A fixtures.

Juve will enjoy direct access into the group stages of the Champions League next season where they will be joined by either Roma or Napoli. It is the side from the capital who currently occupy second place with a one point advantage over their rival, and Sunday evening sees Roma host Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi boast a formidable home record, with Luciano Spalleti's side having only dropped points in three home league matches this term.

Two weeks ago Roma came from behind to beat Juventus 3-1 and they should have few problems against a Genoa side who have lost nine of their last 11 away matches and with little to play for. The Stadio Olimpico will be packed for what will also be an emotional occasion, as Francesco Totti bids farewell to professional football and his team-mates will surely want to make sure he goes out on a high.  

bet365 offer the capital club at just 1/20 (1.05) to finish second, while Napoli are priced at 8/1 (9.00) to produce a dramatic turnaround on the final day. At the same time as Roma are facing Genoa, Napoli travel north to face the other Genovese side in the Italian top flight, with the Partenopei taking on a mid-table Sampdoria outfit. Napoli have been in strong form of late, thrashing Torino 5-0 in their last away game, and beating Fiorentina 4-1 last time out although they know that their fate is not in their own hands.

At the other end of the table, either Crotone or Empoli will be joing Palermo and Pescara in Serie B, with the two battling sides also separated by a point. Empoli currently hold the advantage and know they will be safe if they win in Sicily against already relegated Palermo.

Empoli, however, needed a late penalty to beat the Sicilians 1-0 earlier this season, and with so much at stake it could be a nervous afternoon. The side currently 17th in the table are offered at 3/1 (4.00) to be relegated, while Crotone are priced at 2/9 (1.22) to go down. The side from the region of Calabria have given themselves hope of salvation with five wins from their last eight matches, although their final game of the campaign sees them host a Lazio side who are the third top scorers on the road in the division. 

Curiously, Crotone are big favorites to beat Lazio offered at evens (2.00) for the win, while the Rome outfit can be backed at an extremely healthy 7/2 (3.50). A win for Lazio would guarantee them fourth place ahead of Atalanta, and in their last eight away games they have recorded up five wins, two draws and just a solitary defeat.

The price for a Lazio win looks tempting, while the odds of 5/6 (1.83) for them to draw or win, are also well worthy of consideration. 

Lazio to win or draw at 5/6 (1.83) for a 3pt stake with bet365