Lazio had been in excellent form following their return to action, but they will be bidding to end a four-game wait for a victory across all competitions this week. The Italian giants will have home advantage for the first leg in the Europa Conference League, as they square off against Cluj.
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Lazio could yet finish in a Champions League place this season, which means it will be interesting to see how seriously the Italian side takes the Europa Conference League when it returns this week. However, the competition could be used to improve their form, as Lazio has gone four without a victory across all competitions. In their previous game, they were beaten 2-0 by Atalanta.
Lazio has dropped into the Europa Conference League after finishing third in their Europa League group before the international break. The Italian side could only pick up two wins from the six games that they played, and they also boasted the worst defensive record in Group F, having allowed eleven goals in six games. However, they could be a very serious contender to win this tournament in the second half of the season.
Cluj were competing in the Europa Conference League in the first half of the season, but they could only finish second in Group G. They picked up a respectable three wins from the six games that they have played, but they were beaten on two occasions, which was one more loss suffered than the team that topped the standings.
The Romanian side were effective defensively in the first half of the season, as they allowed just five goals in the matches that they played. However, they also looked to lack quality in the final third, as they scored a Group G-low of five goals across the fixtures that they played before Christmas.
Lazio vs Cluj Head to Head
This will be the third time that the two sides have clashed in European competition. Both previous meetings came in the 2019-20 season in the Europa League. Lazio won 1-0 in Italy, while Cluj were 2-1 winners in their home fixture.
Lazio vs Cluj Prediction
Both sides will be keen to make their home advantage count as they bid to reach the next round of the Europa Conference League this season. However, we could see Lazio making a number of changes ahead of a crucial Serie A fixture at the weekend. Therefore, a draw could be a decent bet for this fixture.
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