Bayern Munich are out to complete a Uefa Champions League demolition job when they host Lazio at the Allianz Arena in their last 16 second leg on Wednesday.
The reigning European champions are looking a good bet to go on and retain their crown after thumping their Italian opponents 4-1 in the first leg of their first knockout round tie.
It puts them in pole position to reach the last eight as they aim to emulate last season’s final success over Paris Saint-Germain, their first continental title since 2013.
Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane and an own goal from Francesco Acerbi combined to have the Bundesliga giants four goals ahead.
Joaquin Correa pulled one back shortly after half time for the Italians, but that was as close as it got at the Stadio Olimpico as Bayern headed back to Bavaria with a three-goal cushion.
David Alaba is doubtful for Hans-Dieter Flick’s side after missing last weekend’s Bundesliga match with Werder Bremen.
Douglas Costa, Corentin Tolisso and Tanguy Nianzou will all be absent from the home leg thanks to injury, although Thomas Muller and Benjamin Pavard look set to return having missed the first leg in Rome.
Lazio will be without both Manuel Lazzari and Luiz Felipe, with Mohamed Fares expected to deputize and Adam Marusic switch position.
Boss Simone Inzaghi may consider bringing in Wesley Hoedt at the back, to see if he can stem the Bayern tide.
Bayern Munich vs Lazio: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Bayern Munich vs Lazio: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Bayern Munich Starting XI: Manuel Neuer, Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski.
Probable Lazio Starting XI: Pepe Reina, Patric, Francesco Acerbi, Mateo Musacchio, Adam Marusic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Mohamed Fares, Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile.