The final matchday of the first round of the Champions League wraps up this week. There are six matchdays in the group stage of the Champions League. Several clubs already know their fate, while others are still wondering if they are going to be going to the Europa League, knockout round, or sitting out. Lazio need to avoid a loss today to secure second place in the Champions League.
A draw would be enough to fend off Club Brugge, who are two points behind Lazio at the moment. Club Brugge would have no more opportunities to reel Lazio in. A win for Club Brugge and they’d swap spots with Lazio for the second and final spot for the next round in the Champions League. A loss or draw and Brugge would be demoted to the Europa League. That’s the most likely scenario, but we’ll see if Brugge has an upset in them in Rome on Tuesday.
The Belgium club has been playing well throughout the Champions League. They’re playing in a fairly beatable group with Lazio and Dortmund the top two clubs. Brugge is currently 9-3-3 with 30 points in the Belgium First Division. Genk currently leads Brugge by a point at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Lazio have it tougher playing in Serie A. They’re 5-2-3 with 17 points on the season. That puts them nine points behind AC Milan for the lead.
Lazio had their eyes set on the Serie A title after the lockdown was lifted. Many people believed it was their time, and Juventus’ time to finally lose. Juventus looked poor in the Coppa Italia final against Napoli. They lost that crown against Napoli, and there was speculation it was going to roll over to Serie A.
That clearly wasn’t the case, and Juventus has been playing some pretty good football since. The chances of Lazio getting past the knockout round is unlikely, but they have to close things out in this group first. Head below for our free Lazio vs. Club Brugge pick for December 8, 2020.
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Lazio fortunately doesn’t have to travel for their sixth and final matchday of the group stage. They will be at home in Rome at Stadio Olimpico for this final match. Brugge is going to have to take chances in this match. They cannot sit back and play for a draw. If they’re down or tied up with Lazio in the second half, Brugge must force the issue and go on the attack. However, the Brugge offence has not been in good form in the Champions League, especially on the road where they’ve netted only 1 goal per match.
This is the second match between Brugge and Lazio. The first match was in Belgium, where they played to a 1-1 draw. It was a fairly even match, with neither side really taking control of the contest. For Lazio, they’ll certainly take the win on the road. Lazio has been very mediocre on the road during the Champions League 2020-21 campaign. They’ve recorded 1 goal and conceded 1 goal per match.
That has represented a very pedestrian effort by Lazio. However, they have been in terrific form at home in Rome. Lazio has recorded 3 goals per match, while allowing 1 goal at Stadio Olimpico. They’ve won both matches at home by a 3-1 score. Several players for Lazio returned positive Covid-19 tests earlier in the campaign, but all have been cleared to play on Tuesday, which includes their starting goalkeeper, Thomas Strakosha.
Despite a healthy side for Lazio, expect Brugge to show some fight in this one. They won’t go away quietly, but being too aggressive could be their own undoing today. Lazio should be able to mount some quality counter attacks versus a desperate Club Brugge squad that needs all 3 points on Tuesday. It should be an entertaining match, with Lazio having the edge by a goal in Rome today.