Top scorers Feyenoord face Europa League exit
In one of the closest and most difficult to predict groups in the history of continental competition, Feyenoord welcome Lazio to Rotterdam for the final fixture in their pool early on Thursday evening. Should the hosts win in combination with Midtjylland doing the same at home to Sturm Graz, all four teams will finish on eight points with equal records, making the tiebreakers between the sides all the more important. Read our preview here:
Oussama Idrissi, who has been missing from first team action for a month through injury, continues to be the sole absentee for Arne Slot to have to deal with. Javairô Dilrosun has been particularly potent in his place in the Eredivisie, netting four times from 11 matches. However, the midfield battle will be what particularly determines the outcome of this all-or-nothing set piece. The versatile Sebastian Szymański will hold fort in the centre in what is sure to be a bruising encounter. The Polish 23 year old is the most senior of the trio in red and white, but will have to balance the need to attack with the need to avoid injury, given that the World Cup is just three weeks away.
I Biancocelesti only need to avoid defeat to ensure a place in the knockout round next year awaits them. Maurizio Sarri's side have generally kept things tight defensively in Serie A whilst being the polar opposite in continental competition, and come into this one on the back of a surprise loss in Rome against Salernitana. Ciro Immobile's unavailability is a big blow up top, especially with stand-in striker Matteo Cancellieri failing to find the net thus far in 2022/2023. Out wide is a different story: Mattia Zaccagni has five to his name on the left and Felipe Anderson has three on the right. How much licence they'll get to remain upfield will be wholly dictated by the scoreline.
bet365 have odds of 4.33 for a draw with both teams scoring, a result that will see Feyenoord exit the competition.