Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when Sevilla and Lazio face each other in the Europa League last 32, return leg. The La Liga side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Biancocelesti at Stadio Olimpico, meaning that they are with one foot in the last 16 of the European competition. It is well known that Pablo Machin’s men have turned “Pizjuan” into a real fortress and seeing that Lazio are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Spaniards. French striker Ben Yedder scored the winner for los Sevillanos in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. It has to be noted that the La Liga side are on a seven-game winning run at home in the Europa League, with the team rolling over Standard Liege, Akhisarspor and Krasnodar in the group stages.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Vaclik):
Tomas Vaclik is the Czech Republic international goalkeeper who has been with FC Basel since 2014. Having begun his professional career in Vitkovice, the 27-year-old shot stopper also played for Viktoria Zizkov and Sparta Prague before he moved to Switzerland.
At the beginning of his career Tomas Vaclik draw plenty of attention from all across Europe and has even signed a deal with Dutch side De Graafschap in 2011, which was later rescinded after Vaclik failed his medical and was forced to return to Prague.
During two seasons with the Swiss giants FC Basel, Tomas Vaclik has managed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper averaging 31 appearances per season. He played a massive role in his team’s back-to-back title challenges and has gone to extend his contract with Basel as a reward, a contract that will keep him with the Swiss club until 2021.
Highlighted Team (Lazio Roma):
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.