Bayern Munich vs Lazio
Lazio scraped a 3-2 win at the weekend hosting bottom side Crotone, but it can’t disguise their poor form at present. They’ve lost four of their last six outings, with each loss coming by a minimum two-goal margin, including a 4-1 thrashing in the first leg of this tie.
In fact, Simone Inzaghi’s side have registered just two clean sheets in 11 appearances now, as both came over bottom-half teams domestically. Both teams scored in eight of those 11 matches, as well as 24 of their last 31, as this has been a consistent theme for the Italian side.
Reigning champions Bayern appear in no mood to relent and following a couple of poor results after returning from the Club World Cup, they’ve since recorded four wins on the bounce.
They netted 16 times across these, with their 3-1 win over Werder Bremen this weekend their lowest goal-haul over this period, while it also included an impressive 4-2 win over Borussia Dortmund. However, they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in six outings now, shipping 10 goals across these games.
David Alaba is a doubt for this clash, but Bayern are strengthened by the returns of Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Muller after they missed the first leg.
Lazio are without centre-back Luiz Felipe and midfielders Manuel Lazzari and Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro, but we doubt the team news will have much impact on this encounter.
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