Both sides missed chances for victory last time out in the Europa League. However, these two sides find themselves in completely contrasting positions. Waregem lost out 3-1 to group opponents Nice, which sealed their fate and were knocked out from the competition. The home side find themselves five points behind second placed Nice with only four points from their opening five group stage games. Lazio’s fate is also sealed. The Italian side have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League in top spot, leading Nice by four points. This game therefore has no bearing on the outcome of the group going forward.
Waregem come into this match-up off the back of some really poor form. However, this game provides the home side a shot at gaining some confidence and leaving the competition on a high to take forward for the rest of their season. Waregem have lost six straight games in all competitions which has participated to their current position in the group and in their domestic league. They currently sit 11th in the League and will be extremely disappointed with their campaign so far. In Lazio they have been on some superb form of late and throughout their season so far. Not only are they top of the group without losing a game so far, they also sit 5th in Serie A with a game in hand and the chance to climb even higher. With nothing to play for, for either side, we could see some rotation in this match-up. Waregem will take confidence in that and will be looking to get a result. More reason for the Belgian side to be hopeful will be Lazio’s slight stumble in form. Following a run of nine consecutive victories, Lazio have only managed one win in four.
When these two sides last met, Lazio won 2-0 on that occasion. Even considering a rotated Italian team, it’s likely to still be difficult for the home side. In the UEFA Europa League Lazio are undefeated in 15 of their previous 16 fixtures, which demonstrates how tough a task this will prove to be for Waregem. It’s likely we could see some goals in this fixture though when looking at Lazio’s recent away form. Lazio have won 10 of their last 11 away games in all competitions, with every game resulting in over 2.5 goals. For our preview tip we are therefore backing Lazio to win here as they possess too much depth for the home side to cause them too many problems. For our alternative tip Lazio to win and over 2.5 goals offers great value, considering the statistics of Lazio’s recent away form. For our correct score prediction, we fancy Lazio to win 2-1.