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Lazio v Bayern Munich: Tips, Predictions and Odds

For the second time in the space of four seasons, Lazio and Bayern Munich will meet in the round of 16 of the Champions League with the Stadio Olimpico set to stage Wednesday's first leg.

Lazio booked their place in the knockout stages in relatively routine fashion, coming through with a game to spare after finishing runners up in Group E behind Atletico Madrid.

Bayern's passage through was also straightforward, the Bavarians took 16 points from a possible 18 as they eased to the top of Group A ahead of FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray and Manchester United.

However, Thomas Tuchel's side will head into this first leg on the back of a damaging 3-0 defeat at league leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga over the weekend and Harry Kane and co will be expected to bounce back from that setback in the Italian capital.

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Lazio v Bayern Munich betting tips and predictions

Bayern Munich to win & both teams to score - 12/5

Bayern's defeat at Leverkusen marked only the fourth time in 31 matches that they have failed to score this season, but it is hard to see that being any more than a blip given they are averaging nearly three-goals-per-game in the German top flight.

Tuchel's side have scored in and won all their European away matches this season, with two of those victories, against Copenhagen and Galatasaray, coming with both teams finding the back of the net.

Keeping clean sheets has certainly not come easy for Bayern this season; they have conceded in four of their last five Bundesliga games and were carved open by Leverkusen on numerous occasions on Saturday.

That will give Lazio some hope heading into Wednesday's clash, although it has been an up and down season for Maurizio Sarri's side, who sit well off the pace in Serie A.

The Biancocelesti did snap a three-game winless run with a 3-1 victory at Cagliari on Sunday, while Inter are the only side to have beaten them at the Olimpico since August.

However, Lazio don't face sides as formidable as Bayern too often and it is hard to see beyond a win for the visitors to take into next month's second leg.

Lazio can score, though, and we could see a repeat of the last 16 encounter between the sides from four years ago when Bayern won both legs but failed to keep a clean sheet in either match.

Leroy Sane to score or assist - 8/11

Understandably given he has been directly involved in 36 goals across his 28 appearances for Bayern Munich, much of the talk surrounding the German champions’ attacking play will focus on Harry Kane.

Kane is 8/15 to score or assist in Wednesday's match, but perhaps there is more value to be had in backing his team-mate Leroy Sane, who is 8/11 in the same market.

No Bayern player has provided more assists than Sane's tally of 12 this season, while the former Manchester City ace has also chalked up nine goals of his own.

The goals have dried up for Sane of late, but he has still produced three assists since the turn of the year and if Bayern are amongst the goals on Wednesday, he will surely be involved.

Lazio over 2.5 cards - 11/10

It is hard to argue against Lazio being branded a combative side, as they averaged nearly four yellow cards a game during the group stage, with only French club Lens picking up more bookings than the Biancocelesti's total of 22.

That feisty approach has not just been reserved for European fixtures, as only Lecce have received more yellows than Sarri's side in this season's Serie A.

Across their last eight matches in all competitions, Lazio have received three or more cards in seven of those games, a trend that will surely continue against Bayern, especially if, as expected, the visitors dominate possession.

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Lazio v Bayern Munich odds

Lazio - 4/1
Draw - 3/1
Bayern Munich - 4/6

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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