Lazio vs Bayern Munich – Preview, Workforce Information, Predicted Line-ups
Lazio and Bayern Munich face each other for the first time in the UEFA Champions League.
It is finally time for Lazio to show their ability to deal with the best European teams.
The Italian team will need something special to get a result against one of the most intimidating lineups in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
At this point in time, very few teams are superior to Bayern Munich. Despite a recent decline, visitors are overwhelming favorites to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Lazio fun facts
Lazio finished second at Borussia Dortmund in Group F, despite not losing any of the six group stage games (W2, D4).
They only secured a knockout spot after surviving late drama in a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges on Matchday 6. In fact, Lazio’s record of just two wins is the lowest of any team to survive the group stage.
However, after a painful waiting period of 21 years, the Biancocelesti secured spring in the Champions League and last reached this phase of the competition in 1999/20.
Widely regarded as a betting underdog against the reigning champions, Lazio can find some consolation in impressive home form.
Simone Inzaghi’s men have won each of their last seven games at Stadio Olimpico in all competitions and recorded four shutouts.
Bayern Munich worth knowing
After an unbeaten eight-game run in all competitions with a gloomy 1: 2 away defeat in the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern Munich is returning to the European league.
Since the start of their imperial 2019/20 season, Bayern have won 16 of their 17 games in the UEFA Champions League. A 1-1 away game against Atletico Madrid on Matchday 5 was the only exception.
Hansi Flick’s men have built up a seldom seen dominance in Europe and achieved an astonishing difference of +48 goals compared to the course of the game mentioned above (GF: 61, GA: 13).
The perennial German champion has to be confident of making it onto the scorers list after drawing a gap in just one of his last 27 Champions League games! With Ballon d’Or front runner in 2021, Robert Lewandowski, this should be a relatively easy game for Bayern.
In this season alone, FC Bayern Munich has found the net in all 20 competitive games on foreign soil and has scored 13 times more than 2 goals in this segment.
In addition to a long-time absence from Thomas Strakosha, Luiz Felipe and Stefan Radu will also skip one of the most important games for Lazio this season.
At Bayern, Flick can’t rely on Benjamin Pavard and Douglas Costa, while Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller still have doubts.
Due to the ongoing injury crisis in the Allianz Arena, Leon Goretzka is expected to regain his place in the starting XI via XinhuaNet.
Lazio (3-5-2): Pepe Reina; Francesco Acerbi; Wesley Hoedt; Mateo Musacchio; Adam Marusic; Lucas Leiva; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic; Luis Alberto; Manuel Lazzari; Joaquin Correa; Ciro Immobile
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Alphonso Davies; David Alaba; Jerome Boateng; Niclas Sule; Joshua Kimmich; Leon Goretzka; Kingsley Coman; Jamal Musiala; Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski
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