On Thursday, September 19th, Lazio travels to Romania to take on CFR Cluj in the first round of the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League. After failing to secure any points in their last outing – losing 2-1 away to Spal – the Biancocelesti will be eager to perform to obtain victory. All players on the team are available, even including the three who were not called for the trip to Ferrara; these were Luiz Felipe, Bobby Adekanye and Jordan Lukaku.
As it stands, the probable starting eleven for the Biancocelesti will be as follows. Thomas Strakosha will start in goal; Bastos will start ahead of Stefan Radu in the left-center back role, alongside Francesco Acerbi central, and Denis Vavro on the right; Danilo Cataldi will start ahead of Lucas Leiva, with Valon Berisha and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic completing the midfield trio; Jony will play on the left flank – to give Senad Lulic a rest – while Manuel Lazzari will start once again on the right due to Adam Marusic’s European suspension (following his red card against Sevilla last season); Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo will be the attacking duo.
LAZIO (3-5-2): Strakosha; Vavro, Acerbi, Bastos; Lazzari, Milinkovic, Leiva, Berisha, Jony; Correa, Caicedo.
Available from the bench: Proto, Patric, Luiz Felipe, Cataldi, Parolo, Lulic, Adekanye.
Taking a look at Cluj, their starting lineup should look as such.
CLUJ (4-3-3): Arlauskis; Susic, Burka, Boli, Camora; Djokovic, Bordeianu, Paun; Deac, Traorè, Omrani.
Available from the bench: Fernandez, Pascanu, Cestor, Luis Aurelio, Culio, Hoban, Rondon.
The referees for the match will be from Poland; the head official will be Stefanski, the assistants will be Boniek and Golis, and the fourth official will be Sylwestrzak.