Lazio are ready to kick off their Europa League campaign with a tough opener against a fired up Feyenoord.
The Roman club have experienced an inconsistent start to the season, picking up eight points from their first five Serie A fixtures. Lazio suffered a painful 2-1 loss to Napoli on the weekend, so they’ll be hoping to redeem themselves with a strong showing in their European opener.
Arne Slot’s Feyenoord are off to a flying start in Eredivisie, having won four of their five first matches. They currently sit second in the table, only two points behind the perennial champions Ajax. Momentum is on the side of Feyenoord heading into the Lazio clash, having beaten Go Ahead Eagles 4-3 on the weekend.
The match between Lazio and Feyenoord kicks off at 21:00 local time on Thursday 8th September at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Lazio vs Feyenoord: Team News
Lazio have a mostly healthy squad heading into the match, although there are some doubts surrounding the fitness of veterans Pedro and Stefan Radu, who are being closely evaluating heading into the match.
Things are fairly similar in the Feyenoord camp, with Slot likely having to do without left back Marcos Lopez and right back Lutsharel Geertruida, both sidelined with minor issues.
The Eredivisie aside lost a handful of first team regulars this summer such as winger Luis Sinisterra, left back Tyrell Malacia and centre back Marcos Senesi. New arrival Danilo could prove deadly, however, having netted five goals in five games so far.
Expected Starting Lineups
Sarri is considering rotating the squad slightly for the Europa League opener, deploying new arrivals Luis Maximiano, Nicolo Casale and Marcos Antonio ahead of Ivan Provedel, Alessio Romagnoli and Danilo Cataldi respectively.
Slot seems set to deploy a fairly similar squad to the one that beat Go Ahead Eagles 4-3 on the weekend, with key inclusions being Brazilian forward Danilo and exciting playmaker Sebastian Szymanski.
Lazio (4-3-3): Maximiano; Lazzari, Casale, Patric, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Marcos Antonio, Basic; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni.
Feyenoord (4-3-3): Bijlow; Pedersen, Trauner, Hancko, Bjorkan; Kocku, Szymanski, Timber; Walemark, Danilo, Dilrosun.