Friday, March 31, 2023

Prediction: Lazio vs AZ Alkmaar

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 6 Mar 2023


Prediction: Lazio win

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

We’re back with more European action this week and while many will choose to focus on the two primary competitions across the continent, today, we’ll be taking a look at the forgotten gem. The UEFA Europa Conference League features some pretty big clubs littered across a parade of different countries, and if you need proof of that, just take a look at this enticing tie between Lazio and AZ Alkmaar.


In what is becoming an increasingly competitive landscape in Italian football, Lazio are doing a pretty good job of making themselves stand out. Their win over runaway league leaders Napoli showcases what this side can do, regardless of whether they are home or away. They have a good squad, a positive manager, and the kind of mindset that can take them far as one of the favourites in the UECL.

Team News

Immobile is expected to lead the line here with there being no fresh injury concerns for Lazio to worry about.

AZ Alkmaar

AZ Alkmaar, like their opponents, are third in their own domestic league – but they’re in with a much better shout of pushing for the title. They also managed to win their Conference League group, ensuring that they’ve been able to sit back and relax whereas Lazio had to fight for their place in the round of 16. As long as their priorities are in order and they can be solid defensively, Alkmaar are in with a shot.

Team News

Dekker, Vanheusden, Bazoer, Beukema, de Wit, Westerveld and Martins Indi are all tipped to miss out through injury.

Factors to Consider

  • Lazio beat Cluj 1-0 to reach the last 16 whereas AZ won their group to qualify automatically.
  • Lazio have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
  • AZ have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
  • Lazio have scored five goals and conceded two in their last six games.
  • AZ have scored 15 goals and conceded nine in their last six games.


The great thing about Alkmaar is that an entertaining game is guaranteed nine times out of ten – especially when they’ve been waiting so long to prove themselves on the European stage following the winter break. We expect them to push the tempo and really get at Lazio, but ultimately, confidence is going to be key, which is why we think the hosts will edge out a narrow first leg victory.

Prediction: Lazio win

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: 888sport


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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