Lazio take on the visitors Dynamo Kiev at “Stadio Olimpico” in the first-leg match of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The game will be played in Rome on Thursday, March 8th.
Last weekend Lazio were beaten by Juventus in the Serie A battle in a very bitter way as “I Biancocelesti” competed on equal with “La Vecchia Signora” and conceded the decisive goal on the last minutes of the fight. The upcoming hosts also been knocked out from the Coppa Italia in another abusing style, namely, in the penalty shoot-out series. The current position of Lazio in the Italian Serie A is quite complicated as there are three clubs (Lazio, inter and AS Roma) which claim for only two passes to the UEFA Champions League for the next season. Consequently, there is sense to try to acquire that pass through the UEFA Europa League. And on the previous stage of the tournament “Le Aquile” demonstrated their serious attitude to it, having lost 1:0 to FCSB in the first-leg tackle and smashed them 5:1 in the reverse fixture.
It should also be noted that the Romans show tremendously powerful performance in face of their fans in this season, having earned three wins and single draw in four encounters conducted within the UEFA Europa League; seven victories in 13 clashes played in the Italian Serie A as well as two triumph with a draw in the Coppa Italia.
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In their turn, Dynamo Kiev have easily won their group in the UEFA Europa League, however, it should be noted that they competed with the average teams. Moreover, the club was lucky to meet with Greek AEK on the 1/16 final stage. And even then the Ukrainians had difficulties in beating their opponents and celebrated a victory only due to the away goals rule. At the moment the main problem of Dynamo Kiev is a weak squad and the moderate head coach. The club started the current year from the unconvincing performance against AEK, humble triumph over Olimpik Donetsk, a shocking defeat from Veres Rivne and a tight victory over FK Zorya Luhansk on the last minutes of the tackle.
It’s clear that after the painful failures Lazio will be angry and will step on the football pitch extremely motivated while Dynamo Kiev are not in that form which may allow them to compete decently with the Italians. Thus, I believe that “I Biancocelesti” will prefer to solve all issues in the Thursday clash
Prediction for the match: Lazio to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.