Kick-off: 2000, 23/02/2021
TV: BT Sport
Holders Bayern Munich have been ruthless in the Champions League over the past 18 months and are hard to oppose when visiting Lazio.
The Italian outfit have little experience of playing at this stage of Europe’s elite club competition and their domestic form this term is far from impressive.
We’re snapping up 4/7 for an away win in the first leg as our initial Lazio vs Bayern Munich prediction.
A Look At Lazio’s Betting Odds
Lazio’s only other venture into the Champions League knockout rounds ended in a 5-3 aggregate defeat to Valencia back in 2000.
The Biancocelesti did well to take four points off table toppers Borussia Dortmund in Group F this term, prevailing 3-1 when they met in Rome.
Zenit were beaten by the same scoreline at Olimpico but a draw in St Petersburg and two stalemates with Club Brugge raise question marks over the quality of this outfit.
On Matchday 6, Simone Inzaghi’s side just needed to avoid defeat against Brugge on home turf to progress but were left clinging on to a 2-2 draw versus 10 men at the end.
Eduard Sobol was sent off for the visitors before half-time with the score at 2-1, but Hans Vanaken levelled on 76 minutes and Charles De Ketelaere hit the bar in stoppage time.
In Serie A, Lazio lost three of their first six home matches, conceding nine goals in defeats to Atalanta, Udinese and Verona.
Italy striker Ciro Immobile is always a threat up front and Luis Alberto is a likeable midfielder but the supporting cast is sub-standard at this level.
A Look At Bayern Munich’s Betting Odds
Bayern claimed 11 straight wins when lifting the trophy last term, thrashing Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate at this stage before an incredible 8-2 bashing of Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
This season, FC Hollywood have pretty much carried on in the same manner, dropping just two points in Group A when drawing 1-1 away to Atletico Madrid with a weakened line-up.
Atletico had earlier been thrashed 4-0 at Allianz Arena on Matchday 1 while Bayern did the double over Lokomotiv Moscow and RB Salzburg.
A sensational 6-2 triumph in Austria highlighted the full force of this formidable unit, which was bolstered by the arrival of Leroy Sane from Manchester City last summer.
Facing three contrasting styles in the pool stage caused Bayern few problems and they really do look the full package again.
Prolific marksman Robert Lewandowski would have been a hot favourite for Ballon D’Or honours if that award hadn’t been cancelled.
Serge Gnabry has gone from strength to strength up front while the likes of Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich provide outstanding energy and enthusiasm.
Finding weak spots in Hans-Dieter Flick’s team is not easy and they invariably perform with great confidence and self-belief.
Last Champions League result:
LAZIO 2-2 Club Brugge – Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile (pen)
BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow – Niklas Sule, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
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