Our match prediction:
Lazio did well to score an away goal in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Sparta Prague. The Biancocelesti are with one foot in the quarter-finals, but the capital club will have to be at their sharpest if they are to avoid a shocking elimination in the Europa League knockout stages. Over the years Lazio have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress and that fact that they are on a four-game winning run at home ground in the EL is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s football match. Sparta need to score at least one goal in the return leg if they are to make it to the next round, but given Lazio’s brilliant home record, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Stefano Pioli has a number of high-profile players to choose from and they are widely expected to advance to the Europa League quarter-finals.
Highligted Player (Biglia):
Lucas Rodrigo Biglia is an Argentinian football player born on the 30th of January 1986 in Mercedes. Biglia started his career playing for Argentinos Juniors where he made his debut in the season of 2003/2004. After playing for Independiente and RSC Anderlecht Biglia made the transfer to Lazio Roma, which cost the Italian club around 5 million euro. Biglia became the captain of Lazio Roma in July 2015. Biglia made his debut for the Argentinian national team in February 2011.Biglia played for Argentina in the World Cup 2014 and the Copa America 2015.Biglia is a right-footed defensive midfielder, which is known for his leading role. For the defensive midfielder position he is small being only 178cm, which is one of his weaknesses. Biglia won the Belgian national league 4 times, the Belgian national cup once and became world champion with the Argentinian U20 squad. Nicknames for Biglia are El Principito and Lucky.
Highlighted Team (Lazio Roma):
Lazio 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.