Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Betting Preview – Champions League, February 23, 2021
Lazio has been given the unfortunate task of trying to eliminate defending UCL champions Bayern Munich in the Round of 16.
The teams meet for the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie on Tuesday, February 23, with both sides aiming to build a healthy first-leg advantage at Stadio Olimpico.
After looking at the bookmakers’ odds, I will give my Lazio vs. Bayern Munich prediction and betting pick.
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Odds
Unsurprisingly, the top online betting sites view Bayern Munich (1.62) as the clear favorite to win on Tuesday. In fact, the price for the away win looks pretty tasty at first glance.
Despite claiming the home advantage, Lazio (4.75) heads into the first leg as the obvious outsider. But the Italians will surely be confident of sneaking a draw (4.20) on home soil.
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Match Analysis
Lazio enjoyed an unbeaten group-stage campaign towards the end of last year, although four draws prevented Simone Inzaghi’s side from dominating Group F.
The Eagles claimed an impressive 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 1 before beating Zenit Saint Petersburg by the same scoreline. But a series of draws saw them finish just two points ahead of third-place Club Brugge.
Since the group stage ended, Lazio has enjoyed plenty of success in Serie A. Indeed, an eye-catching run of seven wins in eight league matches has enabled the Rome outfit to climb to within one point of third-place Roma.
Simeone’s men claimed a relatively comfortable 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on Saturday, enjoying the lion’s share of possession while notching up 12 shots.
Star striker Ciro Immobile has scored 19 goals in 26 games this term, including five goals in four Champions League outings. Bayern Munich must be wary of his threat.
It’s fair to say that Bayern’s group-stage campaign could not have turned out much better. The Bavarians secured five wins and one draw en route to finishing seven points clear at the top of Group A, scoring a colossal 18 goals in the process.
Hansi Flick’s men made light work of Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg, and Lokomotiv Moscow, beating Atletico 4-0 on Matchday 1, before crushing Salzburg 6-2 on Matchday 3.
Everything seemed to be going to plan when the defending UCL champions triumphed at the Club World Cup earlier in the month. But since returning from Qatar, the German has clearly struggled in the Bundesliga.
After being held to a 3-3 draw by lowly Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern was beaten 2-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, meaning RB Leipzig is now just two points behind Flick’s side.
But let’s be honest – nobody would be shocked if Bayern bounced back and returned to winning ways with an empathic victory in Rome.
Lazio vs. Bayern Munich Pick
Bayern Munich to Win1.62
Bayern’s last couple of Bundesliga results have probably boosted the price for the away win here. There is no denying that Flick’s side should beat Lazio on Tuesday, so I believe odds of 1.62 are definitely worth taking advantage of.
The Eagles are on a strong run of their own at the moment, although they haven’t faced a team of Bayern’s stature recently. Simeone’s men are likely to struggle with the Germans’ firepower.