Dortmund begin their champions league campaign by playing Lazio at Rome on Tuesday night. They are in a comparatively easy group along with Zenit, Club Brugge and Lazio. Moreover, Lazio are struggling in Serie A and have only picked up one win so far. Dortmund will be quietly confident of picking up three points against Lazio. Meanwhile, Lazio would be expected to sit back and hit them on the counter to secure a famous win.
Lazio were particularly good last season and were challenging Juventus for the Serie A. However, post lockdown, their form rapidly dipped and they slipped to 4th place. They haven’t really clicked this season either and have only won one game so far. Nevertheless, they will be pinning their hopes on Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic coming good.
On the other hand, Dortmund have started the season in good form. Haaland has been rested by Favre especially for this fixture and he will be looking at scoring a number of goals. But defense will be a issue for Dortmund with Akanji and Zagadou missing. The good news is that Reus and Sancho and will most likely be playing.
Lazio and Dortmund have never played against each other before. This will be a interesting matchup between the two underdogs in the champions League.
Lazio last three games: L-D-L-W
Borussia last three games: W-W-L-W
Lazio Predicted lineup: Thomas Strakosha; Patric, Francisco Acerbi, Nicolo Armini; Mohamed Salim Fares, Luis Alberto, Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Djavan Anderson; Ciro Immobile, Joaquin Correa
Borussia Dortmund Predicted lineup: Roman Burki, Emre Can, Mats Hummels, Lukasz Piszczek, Thomas Meunier, Jude Bellingham, Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Erling Braut Haaland
We predict the score line to be Lazio 1 – 2 Borrusia Dortmund.