Our football match prediction:
Lazio did well to come from behind and beat Vitesse in Arnhem in their Europa League opener and thanks to the win the Biancocelesti moved one step closer to making it to the knockout stages of the competition. However, the Serie A side should look before they leap as Thursday’s football match against Zulte-Waregem will be anything but a walk in the park for Simone Inzaghi’s charges. Lazio are a real force to be reckoned with at home and that surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of the Belgian side. Zulte-Waregem experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-1 home loss to Nice and they are unlikely to spoil Lazio’s party at Stadio Olimpico. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Biancocelesti will roll over the Belgian outfit in the “Eternal City” in their second group game.
Highlighted Player (Jordan Lukaku):
Jordan Lukaku is well known for his older brother Romelu Lukaku, who plays for Everton as a striker. Jordan began his senior career at Anderlecht, but he made no more than eight league appearances for the club. The left-footed full-back played for fellow Belgian outfit Oostende from 2013 to 2016 and at the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to Italy. Jordan Lukaku signed a deal with Italian club Lazio for a fee of £5 million (plus £1 million in bonuses). His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. Speaking of his international career, Jordan Lukaku made his Belgium debut against Andorra on 10 October, 2015. However, he has yet to find the net for the Belgian national team. Jordan was born in Antwerp on 25 July, 1994. His father Roger Lukaku was a professional footballer as well and played for the Zaire national team.
Highlighted Team (Zulte Waregem):
Over the years Zulte Waregem have established themselves as a top-table side in Belgian Super League. The Essevee are a product of a partnership between Zulte and Waregem and it has to be noted that Zulte Sportief were founded back in 1950. Zulte Waregem impressed in the 2012/2013 Belgian Super League campaign, with the team finishing the process in second place in the standings, only four points behind champions Anderlecht. As a result, the Essevee booked their place in the Europa League group stages, but despite recording victories over the likes of Maribor and Wigan Athletic in Group D the Belgian side eventually failed to advance to the knockout stages of the European competition. Zulte Waregem, who welcome their rivals at Regenboogstadion, will play in the group stages of the Europa League in the 2017/2018 season. Zulte Waregem, who won the Belgian Cup in the 2016/2017 season, will face the likes of Nice, Lazio and Vitesse in Group K.