Champions League Preview: Lazio vs Bayern Munich Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Feb 14)
- Bayern Munich won five of their six matches in the group stage
- Lazio will be outsiders in this round of 16 tie against Bayern
Bayern Munich will be looking for a response when they take to the field against Lazio on Wednesday after suffering a humbling loss on the road in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The Italian side will be outsiders in the betting, but they could pose questions of the German champions.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 3:00 p.m ET
- Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
- How To Watch: CBS
Huge pressure will be on Thomas Tuchel coming into this Champions League first leg against Lazio on Wednesday. The German coach oversaw a damaging defeat in the Bundesliga on Saturday, as Bayern Munich were thumped 3-0 at BayArena by Bayer Leverkusen. However, their record in this stage of the Champions League could be hard to overlook this week.
Bayern have progressed from eleven of their last 12 ties in the round of 16, with their only defeat in this stage coming against Liverpool in 2018-19. Meanwhile, the German champions have avoided defeat in the first leg of the round of 16 in each of the last eleven seasons, winning on seven occasions over that period.
Lazio will be making just their third appearance in the knockout round of the Champions League, but they are yet to win a tie at this stage of the competition. In their most recent appearance, they were eliminated by Bayern Munich in 2020-21. Lazio were easily beaten in both matches against their German rivals in that season, including a 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.
Bayern’s record against Italian opposition could also be hard to ignore, as they have won four of their five matches against Serie A sides. The German champions have also progressed from each of their last three ties against Italian rivals, which could be a worrying sign for Lazio ahead of this fixture.
Lazio vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Bayern Munich can’t play as badly as they did in their recent league match against Leverkusen. A response is likely in Italy this week, meaning that the preference is for a comfortable victory for the away team in the Champions League.