Red Bull Salzburg vs. Lazio Rome / Europa League – The favourite had justified expectations in the 1st quarter-final match as Lazio won Austrian Salzburg by 4-2 at its Olimpico stadium in Rome. The result leaves the door open for Salzburg to reach the semi-finals, especially as the team eliminated in previous round another favourite Borussia Dortmund. Begins: 12.04.2018 – 21:05 CET
Red Bull Salzburg
Now, ahead of multiple champions of Austria is very difficult task as they have to annul in front of their fans minus of even two goals from the 1s leg with Lazio, which his in a great shape at the moment. On the other hand, after defeat in Rome of 4-2 Salzburg lost in the Austrian championship to LASK 1-0 away, which was only the second defeat in the Austrian Football Bundesliga, however, it shouldn’t jeopardise winning the new title given they still have even eight points more than 2nd-placed Rapid.
Fact that Salzburg suffered two only defeats in 2018 in last seven days should definitely worry manager Rose ahead of 2nd leg with Lazio, and it is quite certain that those events left a mark on self-confidence of Salzburg players. Besides, we need to add that due to accrued yellow cards the match will skip standard midfielder Samassekou, while on the other hand forward Hwang is back in the team after expiration of his suspension.
Probable lineups Red Bull Salzburg: Walke – Lainer, Ramalho, Caleta-Car, Ulmer – Yabo, Haidara, Schlager, Berisha – Hwang, Dabbur
Lazio achieved exactly what it wanted seven days ago and that was home victory over Salzburg with 2 goal difference. We need to say that victory didn’t come by itself and Lazio in fact struggled to achieve it, given that the result read 20 minutes before the end 2-2. Then, reservist Andersen and first Lazio scorer Immobile had brought with their goals a very valuable victory to his team of 4-2, given that pressure in the 2nd leg is fully on the home team.
It means that the Romans should have plenty of room for counter-attack in which they excel, while hand-in-hand comes fact their current form, where after two wins in a row they again climb at the third place in the Serie A table. Besides, we need to stress that team led by manager Inzaghi scored even 19 goals in previous seven matches, while in the same period situation with injuries has improved notably and only not fully recovered midfielder Parolo is questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Lazio Rome: Strakosha – Felipe, de Vrij, Radu – Marusic, Luis Alberto, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic – Anderson – Immobile
Red Bull Salzburg – Lazio Rome PICK
After Lazio won by 4-2 at home seven days ago it is quite clear that Salzburg must play offensively in front of its fans from the first minute, which will in turn open more room for fast counter-attacks of the visiting team, so it is the most realistic here to play on plenty of goals.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.62 at betway (down to 1.57 can be played)
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