Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 7 December 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
On four points from five matches, five points behind second-placed Nice, it’s all over for Zulte-Waregem, no surprise, since… they should have seen this coming, the very day they were drawn in the same group as Nice and Lazio. Two weeks ago they played their last card, at Nice, trying to stay alive in the fight for qualification. “Nice and over 2.5 goals”, at 2.05, was my tip back then, and Zulte-Waregem lost 3-1, being 2-0 down by the 31st minute, and only getting one back in the 81st minute, before conceding again later on. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at home to Gent, their sixth straight loss in all competitions. They are 11th in Belgium’s championship.
After a super impressive start in the season, Lazio went through a… mini crisis, losing to Roma, drawing to Vitesse, and then drawing again to Fiorentina, all in eight days. Last weekend they bounced back, beating Sampdoria 2-1 away from home, despite losing 1-0 until the 79th minute. It was actually an added-time goal by Caicedo that gave them all three points. They lost some ground in the Serie A, but they are still relatively close to the top, seven points behind leaders Inter, but with a game in hand, so that gap could get closed, somewhat. As for their Europa league group, they are going to finish first regardless of what happens in this match. They are on 13 points, having dropped two just two weeks ago, when they hosted Vitesse.
Previous five matches:
Zulte-Waregem vs Gent 0-1
Zulte-Waregem vs Club Brugge 2-3
Club Brugge vs Zulte-Waregem 3-2
Nice vs Zulte-Waregem 3-1
Zulte-Waregem vs Genk 0-1
Sampdoria vs Lazio 1-2
Lazio vs Fiorentina 1-1
Lazio vs Vitesse 1-1
Roma vs Lazio 2-1
Lazio vs Nice 1-0
Zulte-Waregem’s next game is at Sint-Truiden, on Sunday (Belgium championship). A day later, Lazio will be hosting Torino (Italy Serie A).
Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio: Head to head Stats
The game earlier this season was the first ever between these two.
Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio: Prediction
Lazio are considered clear favorites to win the game, but their lack of motive worries me. I prefer to bet on goals.
Zulte-Waregem vs Lazio: Betting Tips
Neither team have a real motive to… die trying to win this game, so I feel “under 2.5 goals” is a risk worth taking, given that it pays well, 2.30.
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