Where: Olimpico, Rome, ItalyWhen: Thursday, February 15, 04:00 AM
The Eagles have a tough rival in the knockout stage, one of the European greats, Bayern Munich. Though, the German champs are showing some glitches this year, and the fans aren’t too happy. Lazio hopes to exploit them if they come up over the upcoming 180 minutes. On the other side, Bayern plays not only to reach the next stage but also to boost its morale ahead of the most critical part of the year.
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Preview
Lazio has not won in the past three events, with them playing against top Italian teams. Two losses to Inter and Atalanta on the road and one goalless tie vs. Napoli at Olimpico aren’t very encouraging before this contest.
The Eagles are relying upon hard defense, but against Atalanta and Inter, we’ve seen them conceding three goals apiece, with the backline crashing down frequently, showing many weaknesses against top-quality attacks, particularly on the road.
What is positive for the Eagles and their fans is just one loss at home in the past ten games across all the competitions. They are rock-solid at home, recording eight clean sheets during that span, which is impressive, to say the least.
Bayern is winning, but there are far too many oscillations in their game, and something is definitely wrong in their locker room. Remember when we wrote that Tuchel might not be the best choice for this unit? Well, we still believe in that because he seems far too defensive and cautious for Bayern’s mentality and playstyle.
In the last ten games, the Bavarians had seven victories, two losses, and one tie, which is a very good record. However, this isn’t Bayern from a few years ago, and even though Harry Kane is in the lineup, pounding hard and scoring goals, many doubt in this unit.
When looking only at the away matches, Bayern’s record is also good, with eight victories and two losses. Eight of those meetings saw over 2.5 hits.
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Lazio and Bayern Munich Possible Lineups
Lazio: Provedel; Lazzari, Gila, Romagnoli, Marusic; Guendouzi, Cataldi, Alberto; Isaksen, Immobile, Anderson
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Mazraoui, Kim, De Ligt, Guerreiro; Pavlovic, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Kane
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Lazio vs Bayern Munich Head to Head
Back in 2021, the two sides have also met at this stage of the UEFA Champions League. Bayern was more than confident, winning 6-2 on aggregate, 4-1 in Rome, and later on 2-1 at home.
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Predictions
Lazio’s defensive approach at home is effective, and those eight clean sheets in 10 recent contests are the best proof of that. Meanwhile, Bayern experiences occasional drops in its game, but is still winning, and they do stand as big favorites here. Still, our pick for Wednesday’s game would be a moderate efficiency, that is, 2 or 3 goals, because of the overall situation, Lazio’s defensive-minded tactics, and Bayern’s offensive potential.
Our verdict: 2 or 3 goals
Lazio versus Bayern Munich Odds
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