Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
All eyes will be on AFAS Stadion when AZ Alkmaar and Lazio take on each other in the Conference League last 16, return leg. The Dutch outfit did well to shock the Biancocelesti at Stadio Olimpico, and, as a result, they are with one foot in the quarter-finals. Defender Yukinari Sugawara is back from the domestic ban, while all Bazoer, Dekker, Martins Indi, Vanheusden, Westerveld, and de Wit have been struggling with injuries of late.
The capital club, on the other hand, played out a goalless with Bologna in their last league match. Maurizio Sarri’s men are eager to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie with AZ Alkmaar, but beating the Dutch side on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Adam Marusic is back from the domestic ban, while Ciro Immobile remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Clasie):
Jordy Clasie is a product of the Feyenoord youth academy who plays for AZ Alkmaar as a midfielder. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as both central midfielder and centre-back as well.
Clasie played for the likes of Feyenoord, Excelsior (loan), Southampton, and Club Brugge (loan) before returning to Rotterdam. After ending his second spell with Feyenoord, the Dutch footballer joined AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2019. He made his AZ debut in the Eredivisie on August 4, 2019 in a 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Jordie Clasie has 12 caps with the Netherlands U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Italy on February 6, 2013. Thanks to his elegant style of play, Clasie has earned the nickname of “Dutch Xavi”. The AZ Alkmaar midfielder was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on June 27, 1991.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.