Both sides opened their group stages with completely contrasting emotions. Lazio edged out Vitesse 3-2 in a high scoring affair to open their group stage with a win. Waregem’s lack of quality showed as they were bossed by a rampant Nice side 5-1. That result has left Waregem well off the pace, taking into account goal difference. If they weren’t to get a result here, they would be in real trouble on missing out on any chance of qualification already. The expectancy of qualification may not have been there, but they would be disappointed to miss out so early.
For Waregem it doesn’t get more difficult than facing Lazio at the moment. The free scoring Italian team, have been on great form in the League and currently sit in 4th place. They have won four of their opening six league games, losing only once to League leaders Napoli. However, Waregem will take faith from their recent upturn in form. Since their 5-1 loss to Nice they have won three straight games, and will be looking to take that form into this fixture.
Lazio have a seriously impressive record within the Europa League of late. They are undefeated in eleven of their previous twelve Europa League games. Waregem’s latest European games have been filled with goals. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in each of their last five games. Both sides have only managed one clean sheet in their previous six games. For our first tip we are backing both teams to score at 19/20.
Waregem have struggled defensively in the Europa League. In their previous three games in the competition they have conceded two or more in each of those games. We fancy Lazio to score a few past a leaky defence here. We are tipping Lazio to win 3-1 at 19/2 as our correct score prediction.