Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lazio play host to Lokomotiv Moscow at their Stadio Olimpico in the Europa League round 2. The Biancocelesti aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Galatasaray, and we are positive that Maurizio Sarri’s men will go all guns blazing at the Russian outfit. Both Adekanye and Zaccagni are sidelined with injuries, while important midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic returns to the starting XI after he was rested in a 1-1 draw with Torino.
Lokomotiv Moscow, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in the previous two league fixtures. Since Marko Nikolic’s men are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on Lazio. All Miranchuk, Rybus, and Ze Luis miss out through injuries, while midfielder Nayair Tiknizyan is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Escalante):
Gonzalo Escalante is an Argentine footballer who plays for Eibar in Spanish La Liga. Escalante made his senior debut for Boca Juniors, coming as a substitute in a 6-1 loss to San Martin de San Juan. After playing 11 matches for the Argentine giants, he was sent on loan to Catania on 28 August, 2014 and he scored his first professional goal against Virtus Entella on 28 October.
On 29 January Escalante signed a permanent deal with the Sicilian outfit and he played 26 games for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. At the end of the season he joined La Liga team Eibar on loan and he made his debut for los Armeros on 24 August against Granada. He managed to find his net on his debut and six months later he signed a permanent deal with the club.
His contract with Eibar expires on 30 June, 2020. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow.
The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past.
Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.