Our match prediction:
As expected, Lazio outplayed Galatasaray in the Europa League last 32, but the Biancocelesti do not want to stop now. The Serie A side have big ambitions for the tie against Sparta Prague and given that Stefano Pioli’s men are unlikely to win Scudetto, no doubt the team will give their best to record a good result in the Europa League knockout stages. Sparta eliminated Krasnodar in the last 32, but Lazio are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Czechs than their previous rivals. Despite the fact that the Biancocelesti are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s Europa League match as Stefano Pioli is going to field the best possible side in the first leg. You should know that Lazio have recorded two wins in previous four meetings with Sparta in European competitions.
Highligted Player (Candreva):
Antonio Candrea is an Italian football player born on 28th of February 1987 in Rome. Candreva played in the youth academy of Udinese where he made his debut in season 2007/2008. After playing for Livorno, Juventus, Parma, Cesena he transferred to Lazio Roma, which didn’t pay any transfer fee. Cendreva plays for the Italian national team as well where he made his debut in November 2009. Candreva didn’t play for the Italian team during the EURO 2012 but did during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.Candreva is a 181cm right-footed midfielder that is known for being multifunctional in the pitch. Bacause Candreva played for lots of clubs he is known for being very mature and having a great vision in the game. Candreva scored the most amount of goals in his career in the season 2013/2014. The only prize Candreva won was the Coppa Italia in 2012/2013 with Lazio Roma. Candreva’s nickname is Il Timido.
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.