Lazio are two points clear of Club Brugge in Group F before a crucial UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday. The Italian club have huge problems keeping clean sheets, with Brugge requiring a win to progress this should be a great game in Rome.
Lazio have been hard to beat in recent weeks, going undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions. The Rome club have defensive issues however after failing to keep a clean sheet in 13 of their last 14 matches. Simone Inzaghi’s side lost 3-1 at home to Udinese in Serie A with Ciro Immobile’s 74th minute goal nothing more than a consolation. Lazio drew 1-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League with Immobile equalising from the penalty spot. Lazio’s last match was a 2-1 win at Spezia on Saturday. First half goals to Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic got it done despite having 0.44-1.73 expected goals. Centre-back Patric is injured and likely to be replace by Luiz Felipe. Goalkeeper Silvio Proto, left back Senad Lulic and striker Vedat Muriqi are all injured. Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is back to his best after scoring nine goals in his last eight matches in all competitions.
Club Brugge overcame a four match winless run with two wins in the Belgian First Division A. A 3-1 win at Oostende was followed by a 1-0 home win against Kortrijk. Philippe Clement’s side suffered a 3-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund. They then drew 0-0 draw at Excel Mouscron in Belgium despite having 14-4 shots and 67% possession. Brugge gave their Champions League chances a boost with a 3-0 home win against Zenit. Goals to Charles De Ketelaere, Hans Vanaken and Noa Lang secured a deserved victory. Club Brugge won 1-0 against St.Truiden on Saturday. David Okereke came off the bench to score the winner, assisted by man of the match Lang. Defensive midfielder Mats Rits is available after suspension but centre back Matej Mitrovic is injured.
Lazio and Club Brugge met for the first time in Belgium on 10 October with the match ending in a 1-1 draw. Joaquín Correa put Lazio ahead before Hans Vanaken equalised from the penalty spot. Lazio have failed to keep a clean sheet in 13 of their last 14 matches with their defence an obvious concern. Ciro Immobile continues to make the difference after scoring in his last eight matches. Club Brugge have a number of goal threats including Noa Lang, Krépin Diatta and Hans Vanaken. 19-year-old Charles De Ketelaere is another player that will fancy his chances in Italy. Lazio face a tricky test against Club Brugge with their defence continually leaking goals. The Belgian club have nothing to lose here which should ensure an exciting match in Rome. Ciro Immobile is in great form and can continue scoring for the Italian club.
PREDICTION : LAZIO 3-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 1.5 FT GOALS
SINGLE TIP : LAZIO DOUBLE CHANCE AND OVER 2.5 FT GOALS