Lazio and Lokomotiv Moscow are looking for their maiden European wins this season as they take on each other in the second round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening at Stadio Olimpico. Maurizio Sarri's side went down 1-0 to Galatasaray on the opening matchday, while their Russian counterparts played out a 1-1 draw with Marseille.
Lazio vs Lokomotiv is scheduled for a 9.00pm ETC kick-off on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
The match will take place at stadium Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio have lost Mattia Zaccagni to a muscular problem since the loss to Galatasaray, but the 26-year-old was at risk of losing his spot to Pedro either way given his exploits in the Rome derby. Sarri may be tempted to save the bulk of his pre-international break alterations for the league meeting with Bologna, meaning that Adam Marusic could hold his place over Lazzarri after his and Strakosha's embarrassing moment last time out.
Lokomotiv will be forced into a change at left-back with Nair Tiknizyan suspended, so Dmitri Zhivoglyadov could be asked to switch flanks if Maciej Rybus does not shake off a knock in time. Creative hub Anton Miranchuk is expected to remain out for the time being due to tendon problems, while Stanislav Magkeev is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained at the weekend and Ze Luis is also out of the group due to injury.
Lazio — Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Francesco Acerbi, Luiz Felipe, Manuel Lazzari; Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Pedro, Ciro Immobile.
Lokomotiv Moscow — Guilherme Marinato; Dmitri Zhivoglyadov, Tin Jedvaj, Murilo Cerqueira, Pablo; Dmitriy Barinov, Daniil Kulikov, Alexis Beka Beka; Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Francois Kamano, Fedor Smolov.
Lokomotiv Moscow: 8/1
Lazio have picked up just one win in their last five games across all competitions. However, The Rome derby victory came at an ideal time for Lazio, whose upcoming opponents are resilient at the best of times but have also demonstrated a goal-shy nature in recent weeks. Lokomotiv Moscow are unbeaten in 11 straight games this campaign but have been guilty of too many draws. They have drawn the most games in their domestic league and their last Europa League game ended in a draw. We expect the hosts' quality to shine through as they kickstart their European campaign at the second time of asking. Lazio 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow.
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