Lazio hosts Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League‘s Round of 16 events. The Italians weren’t happy with the draw, because they have European and world champions coming their way. Now, even though Bayern isn’t looking that convincing and they aren’t consistent lately, they are massive favorites for advancing to the next stage. In order to make a surprise, the Eagles will have to create a sensation at Olimpico and hope to endure a rematch in Munich.
Lazio (+375) defeated Sampdoria in the last Serie A match, 1-0 in Rome, erasing a loss against Inter on the road the previous week. This was the seventh straight victory at home for Simone Inzaghi’s side, and the Sky-Blues collected most of their points in both domestic and UCL competition here.
They kept clean sheets on four occasions in those seven triumphs, scoring at least twice six times. Two 1-0 wins came in the latest two events, against Cagliari and the above-mentioned Sampdoria.
Lazio’s games are interesting and filled with goals, and seven in the past 10 saw over 2.5 scores, and one fewer both sides to net. Inzaghi likes to play open and offensive, as he too was an attacker while playing professionally.
Bayern Munich (-166) also likes to attack, and we are pretty sure that you knew that already. We haven’t seen such a dominant performance in on UEFA Champions League edition as theirs 2020 campaign in a long time. All because of fantastic offensive potential.
The Bavarians slowed down a little bit over the past month or so. In the last 10 games, Hansi Flick’s side won seven, lost two, and had one draw. From those seven wins, five came with clean sheets, four of them on the road.
Instead of chasing the result, the winners of the big Treble use different tactics now, decreasing the tempo of play and saving energy for more important challenges that await them.
Lazio’s big problem is the absence of Luiz Felipe. Tomas Strakosha is also ineligible for this matchup.
On the other side, Bayern has several players who won’t play in Tuesday’s event. Douglas Costa, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso, Nubel, Kouassi, Tillman, are also out.
Head to Head Matches
There weren’t any matches so far between Lazio and Bayern, making this their first official meeting in the European competitions.
Bayern lost to Eithracht in Frankfurt this Saturday, 2-1, and before that clash posted only a draw at home vs. Arminia Bielefeld, 3-3. This will undoubtedly motivate Lewandowski and the boys to come out and give their best at Olimpico, meaning that we can expect one very good performance from the visiting side.
The odds on their win are -166, and from our point of view, this is a gift we need to take. You don’t often see such numbers next to Bayern’s name. So, without any more thinking and studying, go with Bayern’s victory. For those who aren’t sure about this pick, Over 2.5 goals should be a backup solution. Odds are a bit less profitable than the first suggestion, -200.
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