Prediction and odds for the game: Lazio (15/4) vs Bayern Munich (4/6)
We are backing the draw at odds of 16/5
When: Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Stadio Olimpico
On Tuesday night, Lazio host Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico, in the first leg of the last-16 of the Champions League.
Simone Inzaghi’s team have endured a slightly inconsistent season compared to last season’s Serie A campaign. However, Lazio have found a touch of form of late recording three wins in their last four matches three league matches. The wins have kept them in the race for the top-four and Champions League football again next season.
I Biancocelesti went through the group stages of this competition unbeaten, picking up two wins and four draws. All six of Lazio’s games in the group stage saw both teams score. The home side has lost just one of their last eight matches in European football’s elite competition.
Lazio have a strong recent home record in the Champions League, as the Eagles have lost just one of their previous nine home games at the Stadio Olimpico in European football’s elite competition. The Italian team are also unbeaten in four Champions League matches on home soil, having recorded three wins.
Inzaghi’s team were relatively prolific in their home group games, scoring at least two goals in all three matches at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Bavarians head into this game in something of a crisis by their ridiculously high standards, as Bayern have now failed to win in their last two league games. Last time out Hansi Flick’s team suffered a 2-1 defeat at in-form Eintracht Frankfurt. The poor results came on the back of Bayern winning the FIFA Club World Cup.
Bayern needs to get back to the form that saw them win the Champions League in such dominant fashion last season. This is by no means an easy game for the German giants.
One positive is of course their recent record in Europe’s elite competition, as the men from Munich 17 games unbeaten in the Champions League, having recorded a highly creditable 16 victories in the process. Bayern have an even longer unbeaten record away from home in the competition, as they are now undefeated in 19 European matches on travels.
The visitors were highly prolific in front of goal in the group stages, finding the net at least twice in five of their six matches. They have been highly effective in front of goal this season too, despite a slight dip in form of late.
Lazio will certainly fancy their chances of gaining the upper hand in this tie courtesy of Bayern’s recent form. We fancy them to gain a draw in this clash, as Bayern may not be at their best, but they still have quality within their ranks. The other bet is for both teams to score, as both tend to be potent in front of goal.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 16/5 and/or both teams to score at odds of 8/15. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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