Celtic head to Rome topping Group E with seven points, searching for the victory that will send them into the next round of the Europa League.
Lazio v Celtic – Europa League
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Kick Off: 17:55
TV Channel: BT Sport
Celtic head into the game top the group on seven points, with Lazio struggling in third on three points. Celtic’s impressive 2-1 victory over Lazio last time out has put them in pole position, however it did come against a weakened Lazio side, who have improved domestically in the past weeks.
Lazio have been in fine form recently, and this continued in fine fashion against Milan on Sunday, where victory gave them their first win in Milan for 30 years. A fine counter attacking goal from Joaquin Correa showcased their ability on the break, as the impressive link up play from Lazio’s front three will be giving Celtic worries going into this game. Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile are two men in fine form, with Alberto racking up xx assists this season, whilst Serie A’s top goal scorer Immobile has xx for the season. Coming up against a Celtic side expected to sit in, the creative talents will need to be on top form, as they search for a much needed victory.
Celtic sit top of the Scottish Premier League, and enjoyed an easy 5-2 victory on Saturday against Hibernian to put them into the Betfred Cup Final. Neil Lennon’s has often opted for a more reserved approach in the Europa League, lining up 4-2-3-1, as they come up against a higher class of opposition than in domestic football. Odsonne Edouard will lead the line for Celtic, and they Scottish side will need to enable the French striker doesn’t become isolated up top, particularly up against Lazio’s back three. There will be space out wide for the likes of James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi to exploit, particularly if Celtic’s full backs push on to create 2v1s, so this is certainly an area to watch.
Felipe Caicedo is doubtful after coming off injured with a shoulder injury on Sunday. Stefan Radu and Adam Marusic may also miss out.
Celtic will be without Leigh Griffiths for the trip to Rome, but otherwise Neil Lennon has a full squad available to pick from.
Head to Head:
Lazio Wins – 0
Draws – 0
Celtic Wins – 1
Celtic have scored 34 goals in 11 SPL games, with Odsonne Edouard top scoring with seven.
Lazio have picked up 31 yellow cards and 2 reds in 11 Serie A games this season.
Ciro Immobile is Serie A’s top goal scorer with 13 goals in his eleven league games.
Lazio Last 5 – W W W L D
Celtic Last 5 – W W W W W
Lazio rested players on Saturday, withdrawing both Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic early with one eye on this fixture. With their attacking threat, coupled with the dominant Lucas Leiva in midfield to help control Celtic’s attacking threat, they are well fancied to break down the Celtic defence. Although they have struggled in the Europa League so far this season, Simeone Inzaghi will be targeting this fixture as a must win encounter, and with a stronger side expected, it is hard to see past the Italian side, even at 8/13.
Standing out from the goalscoring options is Correa (23/10) for Lazio, who has netted in his last two competitive appearances. Showing strong link up play with Alberto and Immobile, he has been afforded plenty of opportunities in previous game, just struggling to make them count. A classy player who has always going to see his form turn, he is well fancied to continue this fine run against Celtic, and strikes up more value than the odds on shot of Ciro Immobile.