Lazio hosts Sparta Prague at Stadio Olimpico Rome Italy for their second league of the Europa League round 16 fixture, having gotten a draw and 1 important away goal, Lazio hopes to beat them and get over to the next phase
On the other hand, Sparta Prague come into the game with high hopes, as they were the better side the last time they met in 2003 with 3:2 goal aggregate, they hope to do the same again this campaign.
Lazio vs Sparta Prague: Form Comparison
Both teams are having an average performance run, they have both lost 1 of their last 5 games.
Lazio have won 4 of their 8 home games in 2016 lost 4 and drew 1 while Sparta Prague having played only 4 away games in 2016, they won 3 and list 1
Lazio have also won only 2 of their last 5 games in all competitions while Sparta Prague have 3 of their last 5 games in all competitions
Lazio are unbeaten in their last 10 Europa League games while Sparta Prague are Undefeated in their last 11 Europa League games.
Lazio: Team News
Sergej Milinkov-Savic and Stefan Daniel Radu are out on Calf injury, Ogenyi Onazi and Dusan Basta are out with muscle injury, Abdoulay Konko has a Hamstring issue and Stefan De Vrij is out for the season.
Parolo will fill in for injured Onazi if he is not fit in time, while the rest of the team stays the same.
Lazio: Predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Marchetti – Braafheid, Hoedt, Mauricio, Patric – Cataldi, Marco Parolo, Anderson – Mauri, Kishna, Klose.
Sparta Prague: Team News
Marek Stech is the only injury worry in this team, but the manager still has a good squad depth. The manager is expected play the same team from his last game.
Sparta Prague: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bicik – Brabec, Holek, Frydek, Zahustel – Dockal, Sural – Krejci, Marecek, Vacha – Lafata.
Lazio vs Sparta Prague: Head-To-Head Stats
Lazio have scored at a goal in 4 of their last 5 games, and have won 2 of their last 5 games, having the better side of their previous meetings as they have lost once and drawn twice.
Sparta have never won a game in Italian soil, they have played 23 European games with italian opponents, 11 on Italian soil and 12 at home. They have lost 8 in Italy and drew 3, won 3 at home drew 7 and lost 2.
Lazio vs Sparta Prague: Prediction
The ball seems to be in Lazio’s court after the 1:1 away draw, but being that both sides are strong and unbeaten this Europa League, the game could go either way.
Lazio will play so hard in front of their team knowing fully well that loosing is not among their two options (win or Barren draw) they will put more effort on their defending and try not to concede at home. I predict Lazio to advance to the next round of the Europa League.