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Lazio vs Celtic match preview
It’s been yet another catastrophic Champions League campaign for Celtic, who simply must win to avoid crashing out of Europe with a game still to play.
Brendan Rodgers’ team currently have just a solitary point on the board, this coming when they held Atlético Madrid to a rather credible 2-2 draw on matchday three.
However, a fortnight later, the Hoops’ trip to the Spanish capital was rather less memorable, smashed 6-0, with Daizen Maeda’s red card in the first half certainly not helping their cause.
So, Celtic are rock bottom of Group E, and simply must win both here and then at home to Feyenoord to avoid remaining rooted to the bottom of the standings.
Lazio meantime will book their place in the round of 16 with victory, should Atleti also leave De Kuip victorious in a later kick off.
I Biancocelesti claimed a vital victory over Feyenoord last time out in this competition, with Ciro Immobile the only scorer, his deft dink coming in first half injury time.
The other three points Maurizio Sarri’s side have picked up in this competition came at Celtic Park, when Pedro’s 95th minute header snatched a 2-1 win in Glasgow, very much against the run of play.
Meanwhile, things are not going to plan for Lazio domestically, most-recently beaten by previously winless and still bottom of the table Salernitana on Saturday.
Le Aquile are therefore now winless in three Serie A matches, so are now down in 11th place, having made their worst start for a decade.
Over in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are still clear at the top, although they were held to a 1-1 draw by Motherwell on Saturday, the Well’s equalising coming deep into stoppage time.
Ahead of this one, Celtic supporters will be dreaming of their most-recent visit to Stadio Olimpico, a night they won 2-1, courtesy of Olivier Ntcham’s deft dink in the 95th minute.
So, will the Celts enjoy another historic visit to the Eternal City, or will Lazio make home advantage count?
Lazio team news
Ciro Immobile bagged his 201st goal for Lazio at the weekend, having become the club’s record scorer of all-time earlier in this campaign.
Speaking of goal-scoring, Ivan Provedel became just the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Champions League back on matchday one, heading home in stoppage time against Atlético Madrid.
Midfielder Matías Vecino is suspended while Mattia Zaccagni is injured, after hobbling off in Salerno at the weekend.
Celtic team news
The away team are without Maik Nawrocki, Nathaniel Phillips, Gustaf Lagerbielke, Reo Hatate and Liel Abada due to injury, while Daizen Maeda’s red card in Spain means he’s suspended.
Kyōgo Furuhashi has broken the deadlock in both Champions League home matches so far, and will be joined up front by Luis Palma and Yang Hyun-jun, with Mikey Johnston the other option.
Of the side that won at Stadio Olimpico in November 2019, only James Forrest and Callum McGregor are still at the club.