Preview - Salzburg vs Lazio 13 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg
Salzburg vs. Lazio
Friday, April 13th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

Last five matches form: D W W L L
EL Average goals per match: 1.36
EL Average goals against per match: 0.82
EL Top Scorer: Valon Berisha (5)

Last five matches form: W D W W W
EL Average goals per match: 2.27
EL Average goals against per match: 1.18
EL Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (7)

First Leg Score: Lazio 4 - 2 Salzburg

Attack met defence in the first leg here, and despite shipping two goals, Lazio's attack minded approach ultimately paid dividends in hitting four past a previously resolute Salzburg defence. That two-goal cushion puts them in the box seat ahead of this second leg.

Salzburg are without the suspended Diadie Samassekou in the centre of their midfield but are otherwise at full strength.

It is in also in midfield where Lazio have their only injury doubt, with Marco Parolo facing a race against time to be fit.

Lazio are the away side here, but may actually be suited by the way this game plays out. Whereas Stuttgart are going to have to adjust their regular approach in search of the goals required to bridge the gap, Lazio really only have one way of playing, attack, attack, attack, and should therefore be in their element in an open game.

This will be particularly interesting should Salzburg get the first goal. Should they score early, they may be able to adopt a more cautious approach knowing that a 2-0 win would see them through on the away goals rule. Should Lazio score at any point though then this game will likely open up considerably. Lazio average two goals a game away in the Europa League this season and we don't see them being kept off the score sheet.

Prediction: Salzburg 2 - 3 Lazio


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Aggregate Score: 6 - 5
Shots: 12 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 57% - 43%

Damir Skomina took the names of Andreas Ulmer, Andre Ramalho Silva and Alexander Walke for Salzburg, and dished out yellows to Lucas Leiva, Luiz Felipe and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for Lazio.

Lazio's 4-2 win in the first leg looked to put them in a commanding position headed into this second leg. In the end though it wasn't commanding enough as Salzburg pulled off another big European comeback.

0-0 at the break, all seemed to be going to plan for Lazio, with the first half only really being notable for the number of fouls dished out by the two sides.

Then in the 55th minute things got even better for the visitors. Luis Alberto splitting the Salzburg defence wide open to play in Ciro Immobile. Wonderful finish from the hit man to find the far top corner from the edge of the area.

Salzburg hit back immediately though. Munas Dabbur breaking into the box and firing on goal. His effort taking a big deflection to leave Thomas Strakosha with no chance.

Then in a four minute spell from the 72nd minute, the wheels well and truly fell off for Lazio.

Amadou Haidara set the ball rolling with a power packed strike from 25 yards, Strakosha getting a hand to it but unable to keep it out.

Two minutes later a terrible mix up in the Lazio defence saw Hee-Chan Hwang pick up the ball free in the box. His deflected effort wrongfooting Strakosha. 3-1 on the night and Salzburg going through as it stood.

They weren't done yet though, again just two minutes later, it was 4-1. Valon Berisha's corner from the left being flicked on by Andre Ramalho Silva at the near post and Stefan Lainer diving in to head home at the far post.

Lazio needed a goal to take the game to extra time. They couldn't find it. Salzburg through.

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