Borussia Monchengladbach vs Lazio Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 14, 2013; Time: 8:05 PM UTC;
Venue: Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK — Mönchengladbach.
The visitors are looking stronger on paper and probably will have less to worry, while Gladbach have to do their best to get home advantage. Often Italian teams don’t take Europa League seriously, especially when they are in tough domestic fights like Lazio. Gladbach have failed their positions from last season cause of disappointing start, but they should intend their forces to remain in contention for Europa League places next year.
Gladbach are eighth in the Bundesliga with 30 points from 21 matches. They were looking for a top four, but fail and with their current position will be lucky to qualify for even the Europa League next year. Their present form has seen two wins,two draws and one defeat from last five games. Last five home matches Gladbah have finished with three wins and two draws. To progress to this round they finished second in their group two points behind Fenerbahce.
Lazio are third in Serie A with 44 points from 24 matches. They are 11 points behind the leader Juventus and just one point ahead of Inter Milan. They have struggled lately. Their present form has seen one win, two draws and two losses from last five games. Last five away matches Biancocelesti have finished with one win, three draws and one loss. They want to hold onto the Champions League place. To get to this round Lazio topped their group, finishing ahead of Tottenham.
Thorben Marx could return after missing the game with Leverkusen through injury. He will replace Alexander Ring. Tony Jantschke will also feature into the starting squad. Patrick Hermann will continue supporting Luuk de Jong up front.
Miroslav Klose remains sidelined, so Sergio Floccari will continue to lead the attacking line. Senad Lulic should return to start on the left wing and replace Stefano Mauri. He is a doubt with an ankle problem. Petkovic could give a rest to someone of pair Biava and Dias. And continue to play with Ciani like in much of the Europa League games.
Borussia Monchengladbach line-up: Stegen, Wendt, Domínguez, Stranzl, Jantschke, Arango, Ring, Nordtveit, Cigerci, Jong, Herrmann.
Last three matches:
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3;
Nürnberg 2 – Borussia Mönchengladbach 1;
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 – F. Düsseldorf 1.
Lazio line-up: Marchetti, Radu, Ciani, Dias, Konko, Ledesma, Lulic, Hernanes, González, Candreva, Floccari.
Last three matches:
Lazio 1 – SSC Napoli 1;
Genoa 3 – Lazio 2;
Lazio 2 – Juventus 1.