Lokomotiv vs Lazio: prediction for the Europa League game
Lokomotiv suffered a defeat to Lazio at Rome, but will The Railwaymen get revenge at home on November 25? What to expect from that clash? The answer is in our prediction.
Lokomotiv found themselves in a difficult group with Galatasaray, Marseille and Lazio. The Railwaymen had a slim chance for a success against these opponents and team confirmed the status of a main underdog in the group. Lokomotiv got off to a decent start, team snatched a draw in a home match against Marseille (1:1).
But after that slight success two failures followed - The Railwaymen failed to put up a fight in an away match against Lazio (0:2) and then failed to beat Galatasaray (0:1) in an even match. In the return match at Istanbul Lokomotiv conceded a goal to the Lions, but then managed to step up and earned a 1:1 draw, so team still has a chance for a play-off spot - they are only three points adrift from second-placed Lazio.
Before the start of the Europa League group stage Lazio was considered the main favourite of the group, but so far Maurizio Sarri's men are not looking so strong. In the first match The Eagles suffered an unexpected defeat - team failed to convert their chances and scored an own goal, gifting a 0:1 victory to Galatasaray.
Lazio recorded an easy victory over Lokomotiv in the second round, a 2:0 victory proved a difference in class between the teams. But they failed to extend that success - The Eagles had a goalless draw with Marseille at home, in match at France team failed to keep a two-goal lead and Provencals managed to come back, so team got only one point.
Overall, Lazio approaches the fifth round as a second team in the group with five points in the asset, three points adrift from the leader, Galatasaray.
Lazio recorded two out of seven victories with that score
This bet was successful in two most recent away matches of Lazio
In two most recent home matches team scored in the second half
Lokomotiv put up a weak performance in recent matches and there is an explanation for it - The Railwaymen are hampered by injuries. Even with a strongest squad Loko wouldn't have too many chances to put up a fight against a classy, motivated opponent. The Eagles experienced no problems at Rome, now Lokomotiv has a weaker squad, so we are not expecting a miracle.
Our prediction - Lazio to win
In the previous match weakened line-up of Lokomotiv suffered a defeat to Akhmat and today The Railwaymen will play against much better opponent. Lazio will probably do rotation before the important match against Napoli in Serie A, but we don't think that hosts will withstand today and visitors should be able to record a confident victory.
Our second bet is on Lazio to win by two goals