Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Lazio

Verdict: Harry Kane to score anytime 

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Needing to mount a second-leg comeback on Tuesday night, Bayern Munich will welcome Lazio to the Allianz with a Champions League quarter-final ticket hanging in the balance.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, once again failing to find any kind of momentum over the weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 2-2 stalemate away at Freiburg, it is no secret that Bayern Munich find themselves in the midst of an extended crisis. Announcing last month that Thomas Tuchel will be leaving the Allianz at the end of the season, the German giants have come under some increasing scrutiny. Needing a miracle in their bid to make more Bundesliga history in 2024, Bayern have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous five appearances across all competitions. Getting their Champions League knockout stage adventure with a toothless 1-0 defeat away in Roma on February 18th, the former Chelsea boss has a major headache over his side’s glaring defensive issues. With their recent rut underlined by an action-packed 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bochum, Tuesday’s hosts have failed to record a single clean sheet from any of their last seven outings.

Team News

Missing out against Freiburg over the weekend, former Manchester City star Leroy Sane faces a late fitness test on Tuesday night. Bayern Munich will once again be without the likes of Sacha Boey, Kingsley Coman, Noussair Mazaoui, Tarek Buchmann and German international Serge Gnabry.

However, in what looks like it could be a huge boost for Tuchel’s men here, influential defender Alphonso Davies should make a first start since February 3rd. Continuing to break a string of records since making the move from Tottenham last summer, England skipper Harry Kane will certainly have a leading role to play at the Allianz.

Lazio

As for the visitors, while Lazio might have sprung a real upset last month as they secured a 1-0 first-leg victory on home soil, the Eagles find themselves tipped as a landslide underdog here. Failing to pick up any kind of momentum over the weekend as they eventually slumped to a fiery 1-0 loss at the hands of AC Milan, Maurizio Sarri has found some mounting scrutiny over his position in the Stadio Olimpico dugout. Losing all of their previous three Serie A appearances by an aggregate score of 5-2, the former Chelsea boss has seen his squad struggle to find any kind of stability this season. Needing a minor miracle in their bid to punch another European finish among Italy’s elite, Lazio have also continued to show some extended inconsistencies on the road. In fact, Sarri’s side have won just a quartet of their previous 12 showdowns outside of Rome – a run that stems all the way back to October 21st.

Team News

While all three of Matteo Guendouzi, Adam Marusic and Luca Pellegrini might have remarkably been shown their own respective red cards against AC Milan over the weekend, those suspensions will not count for European action and all of the trio can feature here. However, veteran defender Patric remains on the sidelines with a recent knock.

Bagging a first-leg winner against Bayern Munich on February 14th, Italy international Ciro Immobile will spearhead Lazio’s charge at the Allianz. Handed a rest over the weekend, Albanian defender Elseid Hysaj could be handed a full recall on Tuesday night.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Bayern Munich and Lazio met for their first-leg meeting on February 14th, the Eagles secured a 1-0 victory on home soil.
    • However, Lazio have lost all of their previous three Serie A appearances by an aggregate score of 5-2.
    • Bayern Munich have claimed just a single victory from any of their previous five appearances across all competitions.
    • Tuesday’s hosts have failed to record a single clean sheet from any of their last seven outings.
    • England international Harry Kane has bagged 31 goals in as many appearances across all competitions so far this season.

    Conclusion

    Opening Tuesday’s second-leg showdown chasing a 1-0 deficit, there is no doubt that Bayern Munich’s attacking talisman will have a leading role to play here. Although the German giants might find themselves in the midst of a major rut, Kane has only continued on what has been a record-breaking start to life at the Allianz. Remarkably notching 31 goals in as many appearances across all competitions this season, the England skipper should be confident of extending on his own free-scoring flurry in midweek.

    Verdict: Harry Kane to score anytime 

    Best Odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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