Stuttgart vs Lazio Live Stream and Highlights
Stuttgart vs Lazio Preview:
Date: March 7, 2013; Time: 6:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Mercedes-Benz-Arena — Stuttgart.
Both teams will be looking for quarter-final progress. The Bundesliga club has struggled in the league this season and will be thinking about Euro trophy against Biancocelesti team that is fighting for European places in Serie A.
Stuttgart stands 11 in Bundesliga with 29 points from 24 games. Their present form has seen 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from last five games. Last five home matches Stuttgart have finished with 2 losses, 2 draws and 1 win. They have had a disappointing season in Germany so far. Stuttgart had a 5 match unbeaten run which ended at the weekend with a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Also, Stuttgart have won just 1 of their last 9 domestic games. In the Europa League they progressed to this stage after 2-0 away victory at Genk.
Lazio goes 4th in Serie A league table with 47 points from 27 games. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 wins and 2 losses from last five matches. Last five away games Biancocelesti have finished with 2 draws and 3 defeats. They are fighting for a Champions League place, but lost 3-0 to 3rd-placed Milan at the weekend. Also, Lazio have won just 2 of their last 8 games in Serie A. In the Europa League they progressed to this stage after 2-0 home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Lazio forward Libor Kozak with 5 goals goes second behind Edinson Cavani in Europa League goal-scoring table.
Stuttgart have won just once in the Bundesliga in 2013. Head coach Bruno Labbadia will need to make some changes cause Vedad Ibisevic is banned, while forward Cacau is still recovering from injury. Tunay Torun has a hamstring injury, while Mamadou Bah is out for the rest of the season. Right-back Tim Hoogland is out of the game with flu.
Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic still has to play without star-forward Miroslav Klose. Antonio Rossi has a hamstring problem. Right-back Abdoulay Konko is still far from his return due to a knee injury, while midfielder Cristian Brocchi is out of football for the rest of the season.
Stuttgart line-up: Ulreich, Sakai, Tasci, Rudiger, Boka, Kvist, Harnik, Gentner, Holzhauser, Traore, Macheda.
Last three matches:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 – VfB Stuttgart 1;
VfB Stuttgart 2 – VfL Bochum 0;
VfB Stuttgart 1 – Nürnberg 1.
Lazio line-up: Marchetti, Pereirinha, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Ledesma, Candreva, Gonzalez, Hernanes, Lulic, Kozak.
Last three matches:
AC Milan 3 – Lazio 0;
Lazio 2 – Pescara 0;
Lazio 2 – Borussia Mönchengladbach 0.