Preview - Lazio vs Salzburg 06 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
Lazio vs. Salzburg
Friday, April 6th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: D D W D W
EL Average goals per match: 2.10
EL Average goals against per match: 1.10
EL Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (6)

Last five matches form: W D D W W
EL Average goals per match: 1.30
EL Average goals against per match: 0.50
EL Top Scorer: Munas Dabbur and Valon Berisha (4)

Lazio do sit just one point off the Champions League qualification positions in Serie A, although with fourth placed Inter having a game in hand they may soon have three points to make up on major rivals Roma in the race for fourth spot. That appear sure to be a tight race and it looks like they are taking this competition seriously in a bid to maximise their chances of qualifying for the big one.

Salzburg will make Champions League qualifying next term as they have the Austrian League title all but sewn up and are free to relax and give the final stages of this competition a real good go.

Lazio's strength in this competition and indeed over the season as a whole has been their attacking prowess. No team has scored more in Serie A this term.

In contrast Salzburg's strongest attribute has been a well organised defence. Conceding only 0.67 goals per game in the Austrian Bundesliga, they have carried that form into this competition where they have done even better, with a goals against average of just 0.5.

A clash of styles here then with Salzburg expected to sit back and attack on the counter. Overall though we expect Lazio to have enough firepower to get the job done. Salzburg can however grab an away goal to keep the tie very much alive.

Prediction: Lazio 2 - 1 Salzburg


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots: 17 - 14
Shots on target: 8 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 46% - 54%

Ovidiu Hategan issued three yellows to the home side with Dusan Basta, Senad Lulic and Marco Parolo all being booked. Salzburg's Xavier Schlager and Diadie Samassekou also had their names taken.

A cracking encounter at the Stadio Olimpico saw Lazio fly out of the traps to take the lead in the eighth minute. Ciro Immobile playing in Dusan Basta down the right-hand side who then played a dangerous low ball to the six yard box. Immobile missed his kick but Senad Lulic didn't, finding the back of the net.

Having provided the assist for the opener, Basta then handed Salzburg a way back into the game when fouling Munas Dabbur in the box in the 29th minute. Valon Berisha stepped up to fire home from the spot. 1-1 at the break.

Lazio were certainly causing problems down their right hand side and when in the 49th minute Luis Alberto broke down that flank to produce another low cross into the box it was Marco Parolo who was on hand to produce a slick flicked finish into the bottom corner.

Salzburg wouldn't lie down though and were level again in the 71st minute. Manus Dabbur benefitting from a lucky bounce or two when attempting to dribble into the box and the ball eventually falling to Takumi Minamino to beat the keeper from around seven yards.

Five minutes later Salzburg were two behind.

Felipe Anderson restored Lazio's lead in the 74th minute, bursting from midfield and cutting across the defence and into the box before side-footing home. Lovely goal.

Then in the 76th minute Lucas Leiva advanced on the Salzburg box allowing Ciro Immobile to peel off into space on his left. Lucas found Immobile. Immobile found the back of the net. 4-2 final score

A solid two goal cushion for Lazio headed into the second leg then, but an early goal for Salzburg could make for an uncomfortable evening for the Italians.

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