[Europa League] Porto Vs Lazio Prediction

February 17, 2022

Porto will host Lazio in the 2021/22 Europa League knockout play-off first leg, this match will be hold at the Estadio do Dragao.

Porto is 'graduates' of the Champions League group stage this season.  The team made by Sergio Conceicao, who incidentally is a former Lazio player, lost to compete with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.  They finished above AC Milan by just one point.

After facing Milan in the group phase of this season's Champions League, Porto again met with Italian representatives in the play-offs for the right to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League.  Lazio will be their opponent now.

In this season's Europa League, Lazio finished as runners-up in Group E behind Galatasaray.  Galatasaray and the other seven group winners await in the round of 16, while Lazio and the other seven runners-up must battle with eight Champions League 'graduates' for the remaining eight slots.

Appearing in front of their supporters, Porto will be slightly favored.  Moreover, the squad nicknamed The Dragoes has never tasted defeat in the Portuguese League this season.

Even though they are seeded in terms of match statistics, Porto has one gap that Lazio might take advantage of to end the host's impressive record.

After being left by Luis Díaz, Porto's performance has decreased.  It was proven in the last match, Sergio Conceicao's squad could only draw 2-2 against Sporting Lisbon.

With this situation, Lazio may be able to make a surprise when they travel to Porto headquarters.  Moreover, the visitors are on fire after winning with a lot of goals in the last match against Bologna.

Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha, Hysaj, Luiz Felipe, Patric, Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Pedro, Felipe Anderson, Zaccagni

Prediction: Porto - Lazio = 1 - 1

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