Current UEFA Europa League top scorer Luka Jovic will be looking to inspire Eintracht Frankfurt to finish their Group H campaign with a perfect record as they take on Lazio in Rome on Thursday (kick-off 6:55pm CET/ 5:55pm GMT/ 12:55pm ET).Jump to: Latest, Match stats, Line-ups, Live blog
The Eagles' 4-0 victory over Marseille on Matchday 5 guaranteed Adi Hütter's men top spot and a place in the round of 32 following five wins from as many games, so can approach this fixture without any pressure. Nevertheless, they will be keen to return to winning ways here after back-to-back Bundesliga defeats against Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin, having previously gone 11 matches without defeat in all competitions. They travel to the Italian capital without winger Filip Kostic, who is suspended after collecting his third booking last time out, while captain David Abraham is unlikely to be risked following the calf complaint that has kept him out of action in recent weeks. Fit-again fellow centre-back Carlos Salcedo was not included in the group stage squad list due to injury, so Marco Russ is set to start alongside Makoto Hasebe at the back.
Hosts Lazio are also already assured of their spot in the knockout rounds, but are not in the best of form at present. Simeone Inzaghi's men are winless in their last five, having drawn their four most recent Serie A matches to sit fifth in the standings, while they also slumped to a surprise 2-0 defeat away to Apollon Limassol in their last European assignment. They largely have a full squad available for the game, with midfielders Lucas Leiva and Adam Marusic the only certain absentees.
Watch: Frankfurt's tactics with Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic
- Frankfurt won the first ever meeting between these sides in early October, recording a 4-1 triumph at home on Matchday 2.
- Hütter's side are one of only three teams to have won all five of their Europa League group games so far (alongside Salzburg and Chelsea).
- Jovic is currently the joint-top scorer in the competition this season with five goals (level with Salzburg's Munas Dabbur).
- Frankfurt are joint-top scorers in the Europa League this season with 15 goals so far (alongside Salzburg and Sevilla).
- Eintracht have been beaten in just one of their last 10 away European games (W5, D4).
- Frankfurt boast impressive European pedigree, having won the UEFA Cup (precursor to the Europa League) in 1979/80 and finishing as runners-up in the 1959/60 European Cup (precursor to the Champions League). They also won the Intertoto Cup in 1967.
Lazio: Strakosha - Wallace, Acerbi, Radu - Patric, Parolo, Badelj, Milinkovic-Savic, Lulic - Caicedo, Immobile
Out: Leiva (adductor), Marusic (hamstring)
Coach: Simone Inzaghi
Frankfurt: Trapp - Russ, Hasebe, Ndicka - Da Costa, De Guzman, Fernandes, Gacinovic - Jovic, Haller, Rebic
Doubtful: Abraham (calf)
Out: Allan (ligaments), Chandler (knee), Fabian (ineligible), Kostic (suspended), Salcedo (ineligible), Torro (adductor)
Coach: Adi Hütter