Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lazio will be looking to keep their hopes of advancing to the Europa League last 32 alive when they take on Cluj at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday. Since the Biancocelesti are six points behind the Romanian outfit in the standings, this has to go as a must-win game for them. Simone Inzaghi’s men are likely to leave their hearts on the field this time out, and we predict that they are going to pick up vital three points from their penultimate group game.
Experienced attacker Ciro Immobile, who found the net in the 2-1 loss to Celtic, will be the man to watch in the Serie A team. Cluj, on the other hand, are on the right track to book their place in the knockout stages. However, since the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on the Italian side.
Highlighted Player (Bastos Quissanga):
Born in Luanda (Angola) on November 23, 1991, Bastos Jacinto Quissanga is a powerful defender who plays for Serie A side Lazio. Bastos started his senior career at domestic club Petro de Luanda and after scoring 6 goals in 105 appearances in the league for Os Tricolores, he moved to Russia in 2013, signing a deal with the Premier League side Rostov.
The 184-cm-tall defender proved his worth in the Russian top flight and, as expected, he decided to take a step forward in his career, signing a contract with famous Serie A team Lazio. Bastos failed to establish himself as a first-team regular with the Biancocelesti, but he plays an important role at the Angola national team. Bastos, whose main position is centre-back, made his international debut for the Palancas Negras on August 10, 2011 in a goalless draw against Liberia. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (CFR Cluj):
Cluj are one of the oldest clubs in Romania as they were founded back in 1907 when the city of Cluj-Napoca was part of Austria-Hungary. The Feroviarii host their rivals at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium, the venue which can hold up to 23,500 spectators.
Cluj are one of the most successful Romanian clubs of the 21st century, with the team clinching their fifth domestic trophy in the 2018/2019 season. Universitatea Cluj are considered the club’s fiercest rivals and it has to be noted that they first faced each other back in October, 1920.
The Feroviarii hold rivalries with Dinamo Bucuresti, Rapid Bucuresti, FCSB, Universitatea Craiova and Politehnica Timisoara as well. Speaking of European competitions, Cluj did well to make it to the UEFA Intertoto Cup final in 2005, with the team losing to French club Lens in the double-header. Cluj footballers wear claret shirts and claret shorts when playing at home, whilst the club’s away kit is white.