Lazio vs RB Salzburg Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Following a prestigious win in Dortmund, RB Salzburg have proven this wasn’t an accident by eliminating Borussia and now head to the eternal city where Lazio will be keen to maintain its battle on two bloody fronts.
If The Red Bulls can feel calm about their domestic positioning, having 8 points advantage over second-placed Sturm Graz, Lazio is in a fierce competition with the rivals Roma and Inter Milan for a top 4 entry in the Serie A that secures Champions League football next season.
Coming after an eight-goal thriller against almost surely relegated team of Benevento, Simone Inzaghi will hope to have more from the same attacking display but not from the same defending though. Lazio achieved a 6-2 victory but the two goals, one of them scored by their homegrown player Danilo Cataldi, conceded were not a good sign for the Biancocelesti’s defense, since they both came after Benevento were left down to 10 men. Indeed, Benevento’s goalkeeper Christian Puggioni has been sent off very early in the game (7th minute), which has made Lazio’s convincing victory a must, but the score at half-time was 1-1 instead. Furthermore, the away side took a 1-2 lead only a few minutes after the second-half whistle, but Lazio eventually won the match with goals by Felipe Ciacedo, Stefan de Vrij, Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva, and Luis Alberto. Thus the Roman Eagles are fifth in the Serie A standings but they have a very busy schedule – 5 games (on both fronts, including a derby against Roma) in the next 13 days.
Unlike Lazio, RB Salzburg enjoys a smooth campaign not only in the domestic league and it seems that The Red Bulls will lift the Bundesliga trophy for the fifth year in a row. After a 2-0 home win over Wolfsberger AC last weekend, RB Salzburg have not lost a competitive fixture since they went down 1-0 at Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga on 27 August 2017 – a run of 35 games (23 wins and 12 draws). Moreover, Salzburg are undefeated in their last 19 European matches (11 wins, 8 draws), since a 0-1 home loss to Nice on matchday three of last season’s UEFA Europa League group stage.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Lazio and RB Salzburg, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
UEFA Europa League: Lazio vs RB Salzburg – Prediction and Betting Tips
Having come unbeaten through the UEFA Europa League group stage for a record fourth time, this is Salzburg’s first appearance in the quarter-finals during the Red Bull era. The Austrian club still holds some positive memories from the 1993–94 UEFA Cup quarter-final tie against Eintracht Frankfurt, which has been won after a penalty shoot-out, preceded by two 1-0 home wins for each side.
Marco Rose has no injury concerns ahead but his South Korean forward Hee-Chan Hwang is ruled out due to suspension. So the team top scorer Munas Dabbur will most likely partner with either Takumi Minamino or Fredrik Gulbrandsen in this game. Xaver Schlager can start as an attacking midfielder behind the central forward duo in Marco Rose’s preferred 4-3-1-2 formation.
Lazio’s boss Simone Inzaghi will celebrate his 42nd birthday on the same day and his lads know exactly what he would appreciate as the perfect gift. However, Inzaghi has some injury concerns with the likes of Jordan Lukaku and Stefan Radu, who both recover and are marked as questionable, while expectations are that Senad Lulic won’t be ready to feature here. If Lukaku is not fit enough to run the left flank of Lazio’s 3-5-2 (or 3-5-1-1) formation, Patric can play from the outset.
The Biancocelesti are definitely the club with greater European experience at this stage and are considered strong favourites by all bookies to win at home. Anyway, they should expect a trickier encounter compared with the previous elimination phase games at home soil when they’ve won 5-1 vs FCSB but failed to beat Dynamo Kyiv (2-2).
We will stay away from the 1X2 Betting markets and would fancy a bet on the goal scoring markets: “Both teams to score – Yes“. Salzburg have scored in any of their last 5 away games in all competitions, including the outings to Real Sociedad (2-2) and Borussia Dortmund (2-1).
In the meantime Lazio is the side with most goals scored in Serie A (73), but with 39 conceded in its own net, as well as one of the top 3 (3rd) teams by goals scored in the Europa League thus far – 21.
Possible Starting Lineups of Lazio and RB Salzburg
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico di Roma”, Rome.
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan from Romania.
SS Lazio: Thomas Strakosha – Luiz Felipe, Stefan de Vrij, Wallace – Dusan Basta, Marco Parolo, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Lukaku – Felipe Anderson – Ciro Immobile. (3-5-1-1)
Missing players – Jordan Lukaku, Stefan Radu and Senad Lulic are all questionable.
RB Salzburg: Alexander Walke – Stefan Lainer, Duje Caleta–Car, Andre Ramalho, Andreas Ulmer – Amadou Haidara, Diadie Samassékou, Valon Berisha – Xaver Schlager – Munas Dabbur, Fredrik Gulbrandsen. (4-3-1-2)
Missing players – Hee-Chan Hwang is suspended.