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Preview: Lazio – Vitesse

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Lazio will look to extend their unbeaten run in the Europa League (EL) when they take on a winless Vitesse in this Group K encounter.


Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Lazio (12pts, W4) are the only club out of 48 in the group stage to have won all 4 of their fixtures. They are already through to the round of 32 as group winners and can become only the 9th team ever to qualify from the group stage with maximum points.

Anything less than a win will be curtains for bottom-placed Vitesse (1 pts, D1 L3). Even if they win, their chances of qualification hinge on the other match between Nice and Zulte Waregem being a draw.

Both sides met on matchday 1 when Lazio won 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, which was also the first-ever meeting between the clubs in the EL. Vitesse led twice but the visitors clawed themselves back into the game to eventually go on to claim full points.

Lazio are undefeated in 26 EL group games (W16, D10) and have now qualified for the knockout phase in each of their last 5 participations. Vitesse are featuring for the 1st time in the EL after winning the Dutch Cup last season, their maiden trophy.

Vitesse’s form in European matches is very poor as the Dutch club have not won in 10 matches (D2, L8). They are also without a win in 8 away European games (D4, L4), with their last win coming all the way back in 2002.

Lazio have won 7 of their last 8 European matches at home with the lone reverse being a 3-0 defeat by Sparta Prague in the 2015/16 EL round of 16.

The hosts arrive on the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss in the Rome derby to arch rivals AS Roma that snapped their 9-match winning streak. This season, they have lost only 2 matches out of 17 (W 14 D1) across all competitions and have failed to score only once.


Missing players

Lazio: F. Anderson (muscle injury), F. Marchetti (suspension), F. Caicedo (doubtful), D. Di Gennaro (doubtful), Wallace (doubtful)

Vitesse: A. Buttner (suspension), A. Kruiswijk (back injury), M. van der Werff (knee injury).