Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After shocking Atalanta in Bergamo at the weekend, Lazio will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Midtjylland to their Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening. The Biancocelesti are enjoying a very successful season, with the team sitting in the Champions League berth after Serie A round 11, and a win over Midtjylland should see them move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Ciro Immobile remains in the recovery room, while Luis Alberto should be recalled to the starting XI.
The Danes, on the other hand, rolled over Lazio 5-1 in front of home fans, meaning that Maurizio Sarri’s men are hungry for revenge. Both Joel Andersson and Junior Brumado are injured for the visitors, while experienced winger Pione Sisto is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Copenhagen. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Lazio have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up.
Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth.
Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Midtjylland):
Despite being founded on February 2, 1999, FC Midtjylland is considered one of the best Danish clubs. The Wolves have quickly established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Superliga, with the team clinching their first league title in the 2014/15 season.
Three seasons later Midtjylland repeated the success, with the team finishing the process four points clear of second-place Brondby. In the 2019/20 season the Wolves won their third domestic trophy, leaving Danish giants Copenhagen in the second place. Midtjylland welcome their rivals at MCH Arena, the venue which can hold up to 11,432 people.
In the 2020/21 season the Wolves did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages, with the team being grouped with the likes of Liverpool, Ajax, and Atalanta. Midtjylland are well known for their excellent scouting system, with a number of young and talented players from Africa joining the club year by year.