In an attempt to recover from the concussion with the loss of what is considered the classic of greatest rivalry in Italy, Lazio returns to the field on Thursday, 23 November. In the Olympic stadium, in Rome, will face the Vitesse, the Netherlands. The game is part of the schedule of the fifth round of the group stage of the Europa League and starts scheduled for 16h (Brasília time).
The Italians are qualified for the second round of the continental tournament in the first place of the K key. They have added up the 12 possible points and now they will only play in the remaining two games. Nice takes second place with six points. Fight for the second place with Waregem, Belgium, who scored four points. The Dutch are in the flashlight with only one point.
Lazio’s recent performance
On Saturday, November 18, Lazio had a nine-match losing streak with a 2-1 draw away from Roma. The failure did not just bring psychological shock, which is always strong in a defeat at the Derby della Capitale, but also once the team fell in the Italian Championship standings.
With 28 points (nine wins, one draw and two losses), he now appears in fifth place. The difference in comparison with Napoli, however, increased to seven points. Lazio, however, made a match less than the Neapolitans.
As the club’s next fixture in Serie A is also a classic on Sunday, November 26 in Rome against Fiorentina, coach Simone Inzaghe is likely to put a mixed or even entirely reserve team on Thursday.
The current form of Vitesse
For this decision must be taken into account not only the first position already guaranteed but also the fragility of the opponent. On Sunday, November 19, Vitesse was beaten by Gronigem, 4-2, in a match for the twelfth round of the Spanish Championship. The team did not win four rounds (three defeats and one draw).
With 19 points (five wins, four draws and three defeats), the Vitesse occupies the sixth place in the Eredivisie. It is in the classification zone for the Europa League 2018/2019 edition. It seems to be the most you can do. In the comparison with the PSV, leader, his disadvantage is 14 points.
Coach Henk Fraser is expected to have two casualties to face Lazio. Defenders Arnold Kruiswijk (three matches in the 2017/2018 Dutch Championship without a goal) and Maikel van der Weff (three games without a goal) are handed over to the medical department.
However, he should be able to count on striker Luc Castaignos (11 matches, one goal) from the outset. Due to a concussion, the athlete stayed a game away and was only related to the bench in the confrontation with the Gronigen. He came in the final eight minutes showing his recovery and could be called starting on Thursday.
History of the matches Lazio vs Vitesse
The game for the first round in the Netherlands was the first encounter involving the teams. The Italians won 3-2.
Although Lazio put a team completely reserve in the field remains the best option for the match on Thursday. Has a price of 1.44 in Bet365. Draw returns 4.50. Dutch victory causes the amount invested in this hypothesis to be multiplied by 6.50.