Lazio v Cluj Betting Tip Lazio and Over 2.5 goals – 28 November 2019

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ItalyLazio vs ClujRomania
28th November 2000hrs
Football – Europe – Europa League
Pick Lazio and Over 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Coral
Odds: 11/10 odds taken 2000 GMT, Monday 25 November)

The situation is now critical for Lazio and their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase. Anything other than three points at home to Cluj on Thursday and it will be a disappointing group stage exit for the Italians.

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Lazio vs Cluj Live Stats & Betting Odds

Lazio Preview – Can Lazio find the win they need to ensure they remain in contention for reaching the knockout phase?

Simone Inzaghi will be wondering how his team are only sitting with three points after four Europa League group matches. Lazio’s chances of making it into the knockout phase hang by a thread following their latest loss at home to Celtic at the beginning of this month. It was the second time against the Scottish champions where they had taken a lead only to take nothing from the game having conceded the decisive goal with virtually the last kick of the ball. Their first meeting with Cluj was another example of their wastefulness in the group having taken the lead in Romania only to go down 2-1.

The scenario is pretty straightforward for Lazio in that they have to win this game and away to Rennes in the final match next month. Anything less and they face elimination which – for a team who are first seeds – would be hugely disappointing. Even taking six points from their remaining matches is no guarantee they pip Cluj to the second qualification spot in the group. Lazio would still require the Romanians to lose their final match at home to Celtic.

Lazio to score in both halves

Cluj Preview – Will Cluj get the result they need that sees them qualify alongside Celtic from Group E?

When drawn in a group of Lazio, Celtic and Rennes, not many would have given Cluj much hope of qualifying. Now, with two games left, the Romanian champions are sitting on nine points and know a draw on Thursday would be enough to go through to the last-32 along with Celtic. It’s been a hugely positive campaign to date for Dan Petrescu and his players and they will be hopeful of finishing the job.

The 2-1 with at home to Lazio and taking six points off Rennes has put them in this position. All three of their wins have been by one goal margins so there is nothing extravagant about Cluj, but what they do is effective. They will travel to Italy with great confidence on the back of a five game run which has seen them win four and keep clean sheets in all of them. If they can extend that to six clean sheets in a row then it will be a magical night in Rome for the visitors.

Key-Facts – Lazio vs Cluj

  • Lazio will feel they have been a touch unlucky in this section having taken leads in all three of their defeats
  • Cluj know that a point will be enough to see them qualify with a game to spare which would be a fantastic achievement as fourth seeds
  • It was the Romanians who won the first meeting between these two teams, victorious 2-1 at home back in September

Lazio vs Cluj Betting Advice

There would have been very few people who would have had Cluj in with a chance of qualification heading into match day five, let alone in such a strong position as they are. Should Lazio be victorious they are still very much the underdogs to go through from this group. All Inzaghi and his players can do is take it game by game and ensure they get three points from this to prolong their hopes.

For all their troubles in Europe Lazio are in superb form domestically and sit third after their fifth straight win in Serie A. That level of form indicates just how good a team they are and combined with Cluh’s indifferent away form (winning just one of their last 10 on the road), gives them a great chance of getting their second win in this section. Their four games to date in Group E have all ended 2-1 and that bodes well for another game which features at least three goals.

Lazio to win and over 2.5 goals is the selection.