Lazio vs Apollon
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
Lazio rebounded from a poor kick off to the new Serie A campaign with back-to-back clean sheet wins over Frosinone and Empoli. They now have two wins and losses apiece in domestic league and are ready for the new Europa League quest on Thursday when Cypriot Apollon come to visit Olimpico.
Biancocelesti will be disappointed to feature the second tier continental competition once again after missing out on the Champions League spot with a shocking home defeat in the dying minutes of the last round clash with direct rivals Inter this spring.
They’ll be thus looking to beat the last term Europa League record when they reached the quarter-final (stopped by Austrian champions Salzburg then).
Lazio vs Apollon: Head-to-head
Europa League draw has joined these two likes together in the 2013/14 group stage.
Lazio took four points from two games back then.
The first match on the Cypriot soil saw a goalless draw, while Biancocelesti came on top in the reverse fixture at Olimpico (2-1).
Lazio vs Apollon: Prediction
Apollon had a rather dismal campaign last season in Europa League. They’ll hardly do much better this time around past the likes of Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio, but head coach Sofronis Avgousti will have reasons to be satisfied with the mere qualification.
The Cypriot outfit eliminated Basel on the away goal rule in the play-offs round. They started the domestic league in some style, bagging five goals past Paphos on Saturday.
However, Apollon are struggling badly for results on travels. They lost five of last six away fixture sin Europa League. The streak includes defeats to the likes of Stumbras, Dinamo Brest and Basel in this term of their qualifying campaign.
Lazio are massive favourites duo to the gulf in quality between the two teams. The Cypriots will certainly find it hard to defend their goal from the attacking line led by Ciro Immobile. On the other side, Lazio kept things tight at the back in last two Serie A fixtures. We thus notice the value in backing Biancocelesti to keep a clean sheet here at the odds of 2.00.
Lazio vs Apollon: Bet Tips
• HT/FT Lazio/Lazio @ 1.72 (8/11)
• Lazio to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).