21 February 2019
After securing an important 1-0 road win in the first leg, Sevilla welcome Lazio to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the second leg of their Europe League last-32 tie hoping to seal their place in last-16.
Although the Spanish giants pulled off what could be a vital victory, Los Hispalenses are going through a difficult period having lost three of their last five outings across all competitions (W1, D1, L3). In the same sequence, the Andalusians have conceded 12 goals, allowing 2+ match goals twice in the process. Moreover, Sevilla has seen little success in the final third during that period having seen their goalscoring output restricted to a maximum of one goal per match on four occasions. The only thing that can comfort Pablo Machin is the fact his players have been performing at the highest level at home for the majority of the season, picking up 14 triumphs in 19 home clashes across all competitions (W14, D3, L2). What’s more, Los Rojiblancos have scored more goals at home than any other team during the EL group stage (14), bagging over 4.5 goals per match twice.
In order to edge past Sevilla, Simone Inzaghi’s players have to score two goals, which is something they’ve failed to accomplish in seven consecutive games. The Bianconeri have offered their fans a very few reasons to enjoy in the first leg, which is why they have to come up with something special if looking to advance to the next knockout stage. However, the visitors come into this meeting following a frustrating 2-1 road loss to Genoa that has seen Inzaghi’s men dropping a 1-goal lead in the final 15 minutes of the encounter. The Rome-based outfit has been struggling away from home over the past few months, achieving barely three wins on their last nine road trips across all competitions (W3, D2, L4). In the same period, the Eagles have scored one goal or less on eight occasions while keeping a clean sheet just twice in the process.
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