Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Eternal City on Thursday evening looking for a victory which would help them forget the ignominious defeat at the hands of their eternal rivals at the weekend.
Yet for Spurs fans and players alike there were positives to take from the 5-2 Premier League defeat at Arsenal, namely the intensity with which the side began the match, taking the lead before being reduced to ten men thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor’s recklessness.
Having recorded their first win in this season’s Europa League in their previous match at home to Maribor, Spurs are priced at 37/20 to win at the Estadio Olimpico, while opponents Lazio can be backed at 7/5 and the draw is 23/10.
Yet an argument could be made for either side claiming all three points and as such, the 3way market does not necessarily appeal.
Far more attractive is the price of 7/10 for both teams to score in Rome, which looks like an excellent option. Lazio have been in impressive goalscoring form at home and have netted in each one of their last six matches in all competitions on their own patch.
In three of their last four matches at the Olimpico, they have scored three goals, showing just how dangerous they can be in the final third of the field.
Spurs, meanwhile, have conceded in each of their last eight matches in all competitions (including seven goals in their last two matches) and while injuries to Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have deprived the north Londoners of two of their first-choice defenders, there remains an unresolved defensive uncertainty in much of their play at the back which will trouble manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Going forward, Tottenham remain more than capable and in the 13 competitive matches they have played since a goalless draw against Lazio at White Hart Lane back in September, they have only failed to score on one occasion.
With both sides in decent scoring form then, backing neither to keep a clean sheet looks like a solid option and the price of 7/10 is just about big enough to consider for some serious investment.