Lazio vs Celtic Betting Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 UEFA Champions League | Group Stage
When is Lazio vs Celtic on and what time does it start? Lazio vs Celtic will take place on Tuesday 28th November, 2023 – 17:45 (UK)
Where can I get tickets for Lazio vs Celtic? Visit each club’s official website for the latest ticket information
What channel is Lazio vs Celtic on in the UK? Lazio vs Celtic will be televised live on TNT Sports in the UK
Where can I stream Lazio vs Celtic in the UK? Lazio vs Celtic can be streamed live on the discovery+
Lazio come into this crucial Group E encounter on the back of a seven-match unbeaten streak at home in all competitions and knowing that three points here could secure a place in the knockout stage depending on the outcome between Feyenoord and Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam. They’ve already overcome Celtic once before, beating them in the reverse fixture and will be confident of a repeat performance with home advantage in their favour.
However, the Italians were defeated away at Salernitana by two goals to one in Serie A over the weekend, meaning they have not tasted victory in any competition since their gritty 1-0 win against Feyenoord back on November 7th in the most recent round of group stage Champions League fixtures.
Celtic can technically still qualify for the knockout stage, but the reality is that the Scottish champions are all but out of contention following their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Spain. You have to go all the way back to September 2017 for the last time they won a Champions League group stage fixture.
The mood among the Celtic fans won’t have been helped by them dropping points domestically at the weekend against Motherwell. In-discipline has cost them hugely across their last two Champions League group games away from home, having had three players sent off over the course of those matches.
THE TEAM NEWS
Lazio’s biggest concern fitness-wise lies with first-choice goalkeeper Ivan Provedel, who has been suffering with flu. Defender Alessio Romagnoli is out injured, as is Nicolo Casale and Mattia Zaccagni, who has a hip problem.
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Provedel; Marusic, Patric, Gila, Hysaj; Guendouzi, Kamada, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Pedro
UNAVAILABLE: Casale (Injured), Romagnoli (Injured), Zaccagni (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Provedel (Illness)
Celtic are expected to match Lazio’s 4-3-3 formation, but with Reo Hatate out injured, the big decision for Brendan Rodgers is who gets the nod in central midfield alongside Matt O’Riley and Callum McGregor. Does he opt for the experience of David Turnbull or give 20-year-old Odin Thiago Holm his first Champions League start after impressing for the Bhoys in the league.
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Hart; A. Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Scales, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor; Holm; Forrest, Furuhashi; Yang
UNAVAILABLE: Abada (Injured), Hatate (Injured), Maeda (Suspended), Palma (Suspended)
THE KEY STATS
- Lazio have lost only two of their last 13 UEFA Champions League group stage matches at home (W6 D5).
- Lazio have only failed to score in one of their last 16 UEFA Champions League group stage matches at home.
- Lazio have not conceded a goal in their last three home matches in all competitions.
- Celtic’s only victory in their previous 14 UEFA club competition matches away from home against Italian teams is a win against Lazio in the Europa League group stage in November 2019 (W 2-1).
- Celtic have won only one of their last 25 UEFA Champions League group stage matches (D6 L18).
Celtic’s terrible record at this stage of the Champions League simply cannot be ignored at this point and they are still are yet to crack the code in terms of how to deal with the quality of opposition in the group stage. Lazio’s home form is excellent and with four points from two group games so far in Rome, they’ll be confident of getting the result they need. The front three at Maurizio Sarri’s disposal should prove too strong for Celtic’s backline, particularly Immobile as that key focal point in the centre. Expect Lazio to come out on top against the Scottish champions.
TIP: LAZIO TO WIN