After a weekend that saw their Bundesliga league extended, Bayern host Lazio to book their quarterfinal place in the Champions League. Hans Flick’s side all but secured a spot with a 4-1 success in Rome. Lazio battled for three points against bottom-placed Crotone on Friday.
Bayern set eye on a double
Treble is out of the way this season after the DFB Pokal exit, but Bayern are still fighting for multiple trophies. A 3-1 win over Werder Bremen followed with RB Leipzig dropped points at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. The results mean Bayern are now four points ahead of Julian Naglesmann’s side.
Robert Lewandowski is on target once again with the 40-goal mark by Gerd Muller continues to be in danger of breaking at the end of the season. The Poland international reached 32 goals with nine games still to be played between now and May.
Thomas Muller is also seeking to improve on his last season’s record of assists. He is now at 13 with the sight on the Bundesliga record of 21 assists he registered when Bayern scored 100 goals in the league. Bayern so far scored 74 goals, which means another record could be broken at the end of the season.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Wednesday 17th March 2021, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport 3.
Lazio still in the mix for European finishes
They lost three of their last five games, but Lazio still dreams of finishing in European places. Their game against Torino is postponed with the Turin side unable to travel for the game due to restrictions in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak.
An underwhelming 2-0 defeat at Bologna was uninspiring unlike the losses to Inter Milan and Juventus. But the most annoying result could’ve been on Friday night. Crotone were in a dismal form when they came to Rome for the fixture as there is little hope in their survival bid.
But they equalized twice before Felipe Caicedo’s strike five minutes from time sealed the points for Simone Inzaghi’s side. Midfielders Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luiz Alberto, who scored the decisive goal in their previous win against Sampdoria, twice put Lazio ahead before the Ecuadorian came up with the winner.
Bayern so comfortable in the first-leg
Apart from one moment that could hand Lazio a chance to get back in the game with a penalty-kick, Bayern were in total control in the first leg. Lazio’s defense had a difficult night both with Bayern’s quick presses and their comical mistakes.
Lewandowski opened the scoring minutes after missing a good chance. Jamal Musiala became the second-youngest Champions League goalscorer with Bayern’s second goal. Leroy Sane completed the first half scoring after Kingsley Coman’s effort parried away by former Bayern goalie Pepe Reina. Francesco Acerbi and Joaquin Correa scored after the break, but the first one was an own-goal, unfortunately for Lazio.
Bayern & Lazio Team News
Corentin Tolisso will be out for a lengthy spell while Douglas Costa also faced an injury setback in his battle to win a place at Bayern. David Alaba, who will be leaving the club in the summer, could not be risked after he was missing the Bremen win due to injury.
Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro and Luiz Felipe wouldn’t be available for Lazio in the return leg fixture.
Bayern to complete the job with another heavy win?
Lazio would focus on the league, but their main aim here could be avoiding another heavy defeat. For Bayern, they face tricky league fixtures after this with the home game against in-form VfB Stuttgart and the trip to second-placed Leipzig.
|Bayern Munich to win||39/100 (1.39)||Novibet|
|Both teams to score||5/8 (1.63)||SBK|
|Robert Lewandowski to score anytime||2/5 (1.4)||Unibet|