Ace Football previews the Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Lazio, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Top spot in Group F is the prize on offer as table-toppers Borussia Dortmund and Lazio square off at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday.
Dortmund can book a last-16 spot for a third consecutive campaign by avoiding defeat. They can win the group itself by beating Lazio, whom they hold a narrow one-point lead over at the top of the standings.
The visitors, though, won’t be short of motivation as they eye entry into the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 1999/00. They’re capable of troubling Dortmund in all areas, meaning an intriguing affair could be on offer in Germany.
Borussia Dortmund Form & Stats
Lucien Favre’s men arrive on the back of a surprise 2-1 home defeat to FC Cologne last weekend. They dominated possession, but were wasteful in front of goal. Compared to their opponents, who got five of their six shots on target, BVB had just five of their 16 attempts on goal ending up on target.
It came just four days after that impressive 3-0 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League. Erling Haaland scored twice to take his tally up to six goals, with a Jadon Sancho free-kick sealing the victory. It moved them five points clear of the third-placed outfit in Group F.
Dortmund’s defending, meanwhile, has improved since their 3-1 defeat to Lazio in their group-opener. They’ve kept three clean sheets on the bounce on route to convincing victories. Although the potential absences of Thomas Meunier and Emre Can are a blow.
Key Team Stats
- Lost two of their last three home games in all competitions (W1).
- Won their last three Champions League games.
- Kept a clean sheet in their last three Champions League games.
- Kept five clean sheets in their last eight home games in all competitions.
- Erling Haaland is the Champions League’s top-scorer this season on six goals.
Lazio Form & Stats
Despite storming to a 3-1 victory over Dortmund in their group-opener, Lazio lost crucial ground in drawing the following two games 1-1 against Club Brugge and Zenit.
The Biancocelesti returned to winning ways last week, though, by cruising to a 3-1 win against Zenit in Rome. Ciro Immobile’s brace and a Marco Parolo goal ensured the capital club of all three points. It kept them within a point of Group F leaders Dortmund and, more importantly, four clear of Club Brugge in the last-16 qualification spot.
Simone Inzaghi’s men have even fared well on the road this year, having lost only one of their last seven away games in all competitions (W4 D2). They’re also unbeaten away in the Champions League this term and scored in both games (D2).
Although Lazio have struggled to reach the same heights as last season in the Serie A so far. They’re only ninth in the standings with four wins in nine games (D2 L3) and lost 3-1 to Udinese at home last weekend.
Key Team Stats
- Lost one of their last seven away games in all competitions (W4 D2).
- Unbeaten in their four Champions League games this season (W2 D2).
- BTTS in three of their last four away games in all competitions.
- Ciro Immobile has scored three goals in two Champions League games this season.
Borussia Dortmund: Marcel Schmelzer, Dan-Axel Zagadou, & Reinier (out); Raphael Guerreiro, Thomas Meunier, Emre Can, & Nico Schulz (doubts).
Lazio: Senad Lulic, Vedat Muriqi, & Silvio Proto (out).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Recent Games
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Champions League.