Celtic return to European action this week as they take on Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Italy, looking to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
Neil Lennon’s side are unbeaten so far in the competition (W4, D1) and, are top of Group E by one point coming into this fixture. They travel to Italy on the back of a five-match competitive winning streak, managing three clean sheets during that run and also netting at least twice in each fixture.
The Hoops will book their place in the knockouts with two games remaining if they beat Lazio and if Rennes fail to win vs CFR Cluj in the other group game. However, they will probably hope for Rennes to take away all three points if they want to finish as the leaders.
Lazio themselves are also in good form. They’ve won all of their previous three competitive matches and are sitting inside the Serie A’s top four after a strong start to the season. This is a must-win game for Simone Inzaghi’s men if they want any chance of making it to the knock out stages.
They will take pleasure in reading into Celtic’s historic struggles in Italy. The Hoops have suffered nine defeats in 12 winless trips to the country in UEFA competitions.
The two sides met at Celtic Park in the last round of Europa League fixtures just two weeks ago, with the Hoops staging a hard-fought turnaround to take all three points. Lazio took the lead late in the first half, but a second-half strike from Ryan Christie and then a late Christopher Jullien header snatched the points for Neil Lennon’s men.
Simone Inzaghi will be forced into making one change to his side. Midfielder Danilo Cataldi is suspended for the fixture after picking up his second booking of the campaign at Parkhead. Marco Parolo is likely to replace him.
Neil Lennon is expected to make two changes to his starting line-up from the weekends 5-2 win over Hibs in the League Cup. Right-back Elhamed and attacking midfielder Christie are likely to start in place of Frimpong and Rogic.
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Lazio have seen both teams score in six of their last seven matches in all competitions. They’ve also failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 Europa League games. Celtic meanwhile have seen both teams score in seven of their 11 European games this season. Priced at 1.79 for both teams to score with Unibet looks excellent value.