Lazio and Marseille are among the top favorites to win the Europa League, which is why their matchup draws enormous attention. They haven’t started this competition very well, and want to boost the morale by winning three points on Thursday night in the capital of Italy. The hosts are coming in as favorites, but that doesn’t have to mean anything because Marseille often surprises when least expected. The venue of the clash is the famous Olimpico, one of the most known stadiums in the world.
Lazio (-110) defeated Inter Milan in the big derby of the Serie A this weekend. Even though losing at halftime, the Eagles managed to come back and pull three goals in the second half, earning a 3-1 win. Previously, Lazio suffered a slap in the face against Bologna on the road, 3-0, but Maurizio Sarri pulled his boys together in the meantime.
The team from Rome plays appealing and efficient football with lots of chances on both ends. That is why it isn’t odd to see six of the past 10 of their matches ending with both teams netting.
The same number of games ended with over 2.5 goals, but when looking only at the home contests, four in the last five went above that line, and the same applies to BTTS.
Marseille (+330) won its first game following four games in which they failed to beat the rivals. During that run, the former European champs lost twice and posted two draws, but what was very troublesome was that they didn’t score in three events.
As said, Marseille’s performances are highly inconsistent, and they often go back and forth. Though it is obvious that Jorge Sampaoli’s guys aren’t playing good on the road in recent few weeks – two draws and one loss.
Also, the Argentinian head coach is much more conservative away from home. Neither of the previous four meetings ended with over 2.5 goals. His defensive tactics are close to perfect, and we saw that once he led Chile.
Bobby Adekanye is the only one who won’t play for the hosts.
Amine Harit is unavailable for the guests, that is for now.
Head to Head Games
Since 1999, Lazio and Marseille met six times,and the Eagles have a better record. The Italians have four wins, compared to just one of their rivals, while one ended with a draw. The most recent matchups took place in the 2018 Europa League edition, when Lazio won both games, 1-3 in France and 2-1 at home.
Lazio is a strong favorite this Thursday night, according to the bookmakers. We, too, believe that they should solve this clash in their favor because of Marseille’s slightly worse performances on the road than at home. The Eagles still didn’t lose at home this year, and in each match, they scored two or more goals. You need to admit that such a record is something that simply forces you to bet on the hosts’ win. And that is our suggestion for this particular meeting – Lazio wins at -110.
Pick: Lazio Wins -110
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