After the 0-0 draw to Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday, Lazio is in the zone and Tottenham isn't going to change that in Europa League play.
Both Lazio and Spurs are undefeated in Group J action this season, but the difference is the Italians look that much better lately.
The draw to Juventus on Saturday was most impressive, not only because Juventus has proven itself as a threat in Serie A this season, but because Juventus had just finished thrashing Chelsea, 3-0, in Champions League play.
Lazio's defense in particular has been sparkling lately. The Italians have given up a mere two goals in six Europa League matches and that includes a 0-0 draw to Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sept. 20.
Spurs, on the other hand, has not exhibited the same level of defense in the Europa League (three goals allowed in four matches) and is coming off two straight losses to Manchester City and Arsenal in Premier League play. Spurs was thrashed by Arsenal on Saturday, 5-2.
Who will win on Thursday?
Spurs will still likely emerge from Group J along with Lazio, but Lazio has proven that it is the better club lately and its defense will once again propel it to victory on Thursday.
Helping matters is that Lazio will be playing at home, where the club has a combined 7-1 advantage in goals scored in three Europa League matches this season. Not only has the defense been present for the Italians at home this season but so has the offense.
Lazio has the momentum, defense and home-field advantage to squash the visitors on Thursday at Stadio Olimpico.
Expect the Italians to reign supreme over Spurs.