Lazio return to Europe with an interesting Round of 16 clash against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League.
Kick-Off Time, Location & How to Watch
The match between Lazio and AZ Alkmaar kicks off at 18.45 local time on Tuesday 7th March at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
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Lazio vs AZ Alkmaar: Recent History
Lazio are heading into this European clash with the wind in their sails following the team’s impressive 1-0 win over league leaders Napoli, a match that showed the team’s maturity and ability to battle on the biggest of stages.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have looked frustratingly inconsistent in Europe this campaign but will be hoping for a strong showing in Rome to take off the pressure in the second leg.
AZ currently sit third in the Eredivisie table, just five points behind league leaders Feyenoord. The Dutch side won their last outing against Cambuur 2-1, an important response following their tough 2-1 loss to the league leaders earlier last month.
In the Conference League, AZ topped a group containing Dnipro-1, Apollon Limassol and FC Vaduz, winning five of their six outings. They’ll be dreaming of a win in Rome to help in their quest to progress in Europe’s third-tier club competition.
Lazio vs AZ Alkmaar: Team News
Lazio almost have a fully fit squad heading into the match with AZ, but their one absence is a key one: Ciro Immobile. The talismanic striker is currently dealing with muscle fatigue and will likely miss out on the match, with the Derby della Capitale fast approaching.
AZ will likely have to do without Sem Westerveld, Sam Beukema, Bruno Martins Indi and Dani de Wit, all of whom are suffering from various injuries.
Expected Starting Lineups
Sarri is expected to rotate the Biancocelesti squad a little for the match, deploying Luis Maximiano in goal, leaving Ivan Provedel on the bench. Immobile is not set to start and the team will likely use a false nine, with either Felipe Anderson or Pedro moving to the centre of the attack.
Lazio (4-3-3): Maximiano; Marusic, Casale, Romagnoli, Lazzari; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Pedro, Zaccagni.
AZ Alkmaar (4-3-3): Ryan; Sugawara, Chatzidiakos, Goes, Kerkez; Reijnders, Clasie, Mijnans; Odgaard, Pavlidis, Karlsson.