Italian club Lazio will play host to Greek side Panathinaikos and will look to take hold of Group J. They're trying to take one step closer to securing their place in the next round of the Europa League, understanding that the Greek challengers struggle away from home.
The Greeks currently sit at the bottom of Group J with a mere two points in three matches, but the leaders of the group, Lazio, has been able to produce only five points in three matches, which has kept the group close.
Both Lazio and Panathinaikos have struggled to find the back of the net so far this season, with both sides only being able to score a measly two goals each in three European matches.
Panathinaikos manager Jesualdo Ferreira has seen his side play sporadically early on in the Europa League, losing to Maribor 3-0 for their opening match but coming from behind to draw the Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1.
Panathinaikos has only one win in the last nine matches in all competitions, and they have been able to keep a clean sheet in only one of the last eight game. There isn't much evidence that their defensive woes will change when they travel to face Lazio. The Greek's previous two away games in Europe ended up in two 3-0 defeats, which has shaken the team's confidence.
For Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic, his challenge will be to focus his club to the task at hand so as to position the team to move into the next round. Lazio has earned only five points and still has work cut out for them if they want to advance in the tournament.
Lazio has won five of their last seven European games at home and will be looking for another victory Thursday evening to silence experts who have been critical of their position as favorites of Group J.
Kick-off for the match is at 3:05 p.m. and can be watched online here.