Foot Predictions shows the Champions League clash between Lazio and Bayern Munich on Tuesday, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Lazio to assume Bayern Munchen at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League tie in the round of 16.
Lazio finished second behind Borussia Dortmund in Group F and qualified for the knockout stage for the first time since 2000, with defending champions Bayern overcoming Group A.
After a slow start to the current campaign, Lazio’s 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday changed Simone Inzaghiis among the top four in Serie A.
Lazio was the deserved winner that day and the unfortunate for not winning by a more comfortable margin, restricting Claudio RanieriThe visitors scored zero shots on goal while scoring six goals with the former Liverpool midfielder Luis AlbertoThe goal of the first part of the team is proving to be the most important.
Despite leaving a very generous group alongside Dortmund, Club Brugge and Zenit St. Petersburg with unbeaten streak, Inzaghi’s team had to work hard for second place, almost losing to ten-player Brugge in the last round.
However, the Italians are playing with much more confidence than they did at that stage of the season and may well face Bayern at the right time.
In fact, Bayern’s form is not as good as it was in autumn and winter, when they won a phenomenal 16 points in the Champions League group.
The Bavarians’ lead at the top of the Bundesliga was reduced to two points ahead of RB Leipzig, after a disappointing 3-3 draw at home to Arminia Bielefeld was followed by a 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday .
Bayern’s defensive vulnerabilities remained clear for anyone to see, with Daichi Kamada and Amin Younes find plenty of space in the opponent’s penalty area to give Adi Hutterteam with a 2-0 lead going into the break, with Robert Lewandowskithe 26th goal of the season’s championship ultimately.
However, Bayern is a different beast on the continent, remaining undefeated in the last 17 Champions League games, as well as having recently won the FIA Club World Cup. If they can defend with more organization and determination, their attack should take them to the quarter-finals.
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Lazio probably won’t have Luiz Felipe, Stefan Radu, Thomas Strakosha and Silvio Proto for Bayern’s visit due to injury.
Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa should start together in attack, while Inzaghi seeks to explore Bayern’s high line with the pair’s scorching pace.
Bayern, meanwhile, are without several players from the main team, including Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Muller due to COVID-19.
Corentin Tolisso, Serge Gnabry, Douglas Costa, Alexander Nubel and Tanguy Nianzou will not travel due to injuries.
Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez However, they both came back from injury during their loss to Frankfurt, so they can go into the starting eleven to reinforce Bayern’s midfield.
Possible initial lineup for Lazio:
It reigns; Patric, Acerbi, Musacchio; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas, Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile
Possible initial line-up for Bayern Munich:
Neuer; Sule, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka, Martinez; Sane, Lewandowski, Coman
Probability: Lazio 1-2 Bayern Munich
Although Bayern is struggling a bit in terms of player availability and a weak defense, we still expect their attack to be too strong for Lazio on Tuesday.
Lewandowski continues to score goals regardless of what is going on behind him, so it is almost impossible to imagine Bayern will not come out with at least one goal away.