10/20/20 3 pm
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Lazio is welcoming Borussia Dortmund to Stadio Olimpico in round 1 in the UEFA Champions League.
Lazio hasn’t been playing well so far this season, and they are not even the shadow of the teams from last season. Lazio has won only 1 of their 4 Serie A games so far this season, and they are in 14th place with 4 points, 4 scored goals, and 8 conceded goals. In their latest Serie A match against Sampdoria on the road, Lazio has had 48% of ball possession, 0 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 84% of the correct passes. Lazio was just terrible in this match, and they ended up losing this game 3-0. Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Immobile, and Caicedo have each scored 1 goal for Lazio so far in Serie A, and they should all be in the starting lineup for this match. Lulic, Proto, Radu, Felipe, Bastos, Lazzari, and Pereira are all injured, but some of them might still be ready for this game. Lazio is playing extremely slow soccer this season, and they are creating very few chances, especially against the teams that can press them higher up the field. Lazio is not playing in good form at the moment, and if they want to have a successful season, both in Serie A and the Champions League, Lazio must get their heads together and start playing better soccer.
Borussia is in solid form, and they had a good game against Hoffenheim in Bundesliga this past weekend. Borussia was the better team in that match with 55% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 83% of the correct passes. Coach Favre decided to rest some players in this game, and Borussia was able to create a few chances even without them, but it took a while for them to score a goal. After Reus, Haaland, and Guerreiro entered the game, Borussia has scored a goal in the 76th minute. Borussia Dortmund ended up winning this match 0-1. With 8 scored goals, 2 conceded goals, and 9 points, Borussia is now in 3rd place in the Bundesliga standings. Haaland is the leading goalscorer for Borussia in Bundesliga with 4 goals so far this season, and he will be in the starting lineup in this game. Zagadou, Schmelzer, Hazard, Akanji, and Schulz are all injured, and they will not be in the lineup for this game. I like Borussia this season because they are not solely focused on their offense, and they are trying to be more in control of their game, and their defense is looking solid. For the first time in many seasons, I think Borussia might actually be a challenge to Bayern Munich in Bundesliga.
Lazio and Borussia have met only once in the past, and that was a friendly game in 2018, which Borussia won 1-0. Lazio is playing a terrible defense, and we are getting Borussia for a nice plus money here. I’m siding with Borussia on the road.