Galatasaray host Lazio in a Group E clash on Matchday one of the Europa League group stage. The Turkish side made its way to the Europa League group stages after facing elimination in the Champions League qualifiers. Galatasaray were then made to overcome Randers and St Johnstone in the third and play-off rounds respectively in the Europa League qualifiers. Fatih Terim’s men are on a decent run of form after their consecutive defeats to Eindhoven in the Champions League qualifiers. They are unbeaten in eight straight matches ever since then, winning and drawing four times each. Galatasaray have been scoring a lot of goals and are a dominant force at home. They have had over 2.5 goals in each of their last four matches and also in three of their last four games at home. However, the Turkish side have struggled on the defensive front. They have managed to just keep a single clean sheet in the ten matches in the new season.
Lazio were seeded straight to the Europa League group stage after finishing sixth in the previous Serie A season. The Italian side have played just three games in the new season, all of them in Serie A. Lazio opened the season with a 3-1 win over Empoli followed by a big victory over Spezia with a 6-1 scoreline. Ciro Immobile scored a hattrick in the win over Spezia. However, despite the big win over Spezia, Maurizio Sarri’s men succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Milan in their most recent fixture. Lazio have had over 2.5 goals in their last three matches and have conceded in every single game of the season so far, making it a possibility that their game against Galatasaray can see a goal-fest.
Both teams have been scoring a lot of goals in the new season. Galatasaray are a side that plays in a free-flowing way while Lazio like to play on quick transitions. Both the sides have also continued to concede goals in their last few matches. We are predicting over 2.5 goals in this Europa League tie.