Lokomotiv Moscow and Nice meet at Stadion Lokomotiv, in a return match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals), after the victory outside Lokomotiv Moscow by (2-3) in the first leg. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Lokomotiv Moscow presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, after the victory was by (2-3) in the first leg. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 15 conceded; against 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 24 goals scored and 18 suffered. In the last 10 home matches Lokomotiv Moscow has won 3, tied 5 and lost 2. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition.
The Lokomotiv Moscow enters the field for its official match in the year 2018, since before the Europa League had only played friendly, while waiting for the return of the Russian championship, which restarts at the beginning of March. In the group stage of the Europa League, the team made a surprising campaign and ended up qualifying in the Group F leadership, showing good offensive power. That performance of the attack was repeated in the first game, against Nice, when he won an unexpected victory at the home of the French, scoring three goals, which may be essential to move forward in the continental tournament. For this match, it is likely that coach Semin organized the team in 4-4-1-1, with highlights for the trio Farfán, Miranchuk and Fernandes, who are the best gunners of the club in the national championship.
After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a 1 goal dismay and the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 7 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 23 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Nantes by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Nice won 3, drew 3 and lost 4. The team has conceded goals in 6 of the last 7 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but its attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he only got 2 comebacks in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Nice is going through its worst moment since the beginning of this season, considering that it has not won five games, having suffered four consecutive losses in that period. At least the team scored again in their last match, when they won a draw at home against Nantes for the French Championship, which is not a good result given the situation in which it is in the competition, occupying the 9th position. His qualification in the Europa League already occurred strangely, as he added three wins and three defeats. The bad phase was confirmed in the first leg against the Russians, as they failed to take advantage of the field and now need a somewhat unlikely victory to move forward in the continental tournament. The 4-3-3 must be the tactical formation adopted for this duel, which will not have the presence of the left side Coly, due to suspension.
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