Lazio and Galatasaray will battle out for the first place in Group E of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
- Lazio were defeated by Galatasaray in the reverse fixture of the Europa League this season.
- Galatasaray and Lazio are first and second in Group E and both have qualified for the knockouts.
- The Turkish giants haven’t won a single away game against the Italian opponents in European competitions in their last 13 attempts.
- Lazio have managed a clean sheet in both of their home games this season. They haven’t gone three matches without conceding a goal since the 2012-13 season.
Head to Head record
Lazio and Galatasaray have previously met three times, with both sharing a win apiece while the other game ended in a draw.
Latest performances in all competitions
Lazio: L W L D W
Galatasaray: W L W D D
Lazio broke the shackles by beating Sampdoria 3-1 at the weekend, the victory also marked their first in Serie A after going winless for three games.
Ciro Immobile netted a brace for Biancocelesti, which took him to the top of the league’s scoring charts with 13 goals.
Although Maurizio Sarri’s side are fluctuating in Serie A this season, they have fared well in Europe.
Lazio would look to avenge their reverse fixture loss by claiming three points against Galatasaray.
A win on Thursday would help Lazio claim the leader’s spot in Group E.
Immobile also scored a brace against Lokomotiv Moscow on matchday 5 and the Italian striker would look to do the same against Super Lig outfit Galatasaray on Thursday.
Sarri will have a fully-fit squad for the final group stage games of the Europa League.
Possible Lazio line-up
Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Francesco Acerbi, Patric, Manuel Lazzari; Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto; Mattia Zaccagni, Pedro, Ciro Immobile
Galatasaray have maintained a near-perfect record in Europa League this season, winning three out of five games with no defeats.
The Turkish giants beat Lazio in the reverse fixture at home and now they would be hoping to do a double, which would see them maintain their top spot in Group E.
However, their domestic form hasn’t been exemplary, as they sit in the seventh position in the Super Lig table.
Galatasaray are coming on the back of a 2-2 draw against Altay in Super Lig last week.
Possible Galatasaray line-up
Fernando Muslera; DeAndre Yedlin, Marcao, Victor Nelsson, Patrick van Aanholt; Sofiane Feghouli, Taylan Antalyalı, Berkan Kutlu, Kerem Aktürkoğlu; Halil Dervisoglu, Mostafa Mohamed
Injured: Arda Turan, Omar Elabdellaoui, Sacha Boey, Alexandru Cicaldau
Lazio 3 – 0 Galatasaray