Steaua Bucureşti and Lazio meet at Arena Naţională, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation.
The home team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 2nd place won in the Group G, with a total of 10 points. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Cluj by (1-1). In the last 10 home matches Steaua Bucureşti has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. The away team has conceded goals in 5 of the last 6 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, as 27 of the last 28 matches they played have ended with Over 1,5 goals.
Steaua Bucharest comes into this game after a 1-1 draw at home against Cluj, in a match for the Romanian championship. The moment of form of the local team is the positive one, in general, since it has registered only 3 defeats in the last 10 parties disputed: 2 of them friendly. In this game at home coach Nicolae Suggestion should opt for a more defensive strategy, looking only for the counterattack: Budescu is a very fast player and competent in transporting the ball towards the attack. Harlem Gnohéré is the great highlight of Steaua Bucharest in several competitions, with 16 goals scored. For this game the local coach can not count on Balasa and Planic, players recovering from injury.
The visiting team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 1st place won in Group K, with a total of 13 points. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Napoli by (4-1). In the last 10 away matches Lazio has won 3, tied 3 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 26 of the last 30 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 24 out of 30 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 matches in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 19 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 11 of their 28 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘).
Lazio comes to this game with a snub in the field of Naples, 4-1, thus adding the fourth official game without tasting the taste of victory. We emphasize that the Italian team has lowered much the performance in the last parties. Normally coach Simone Inzaghi acts with three players in the defense, five in the center of the field and two in the attack, being Immobile the most advanced player of the team: the Italian is the best Lazio gunner in all competitions, with 26 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Bruno Jordão.
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