The Europa League today is filled with some excitement. It’s match day 4 and the Aquilotti host the Hoops at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome in group E. Amidst all the tension from the previous leg two Celtic supporters were stabbed by masked men in the Italian capital, thus the fixture is more heated than ever before. The previous meeting at Glasgow which saw the Bhoys win 2-1 with the help of Ryan Christie and Christopher Jullien sparked some controversy from the fans’ side with an ‘illicit banner’ for which they have been fined.
The travelling fans have been already warned by the officials, asked to take precautions and to stay in groups, even though security has been tightened on the match day
Celtic are currently at the top of the table with 7 points from the starting 3 matches and now a win against Lazio will put them in a stronger position to qualify for the knockouts. The fallen Italian giants now sit in 3rd position with only 3 points which came in their only win in the group , against Rennes; The goal scorers being Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile
It’s a crucial game for both the sides as the business end of the league stage appears to be even closer than ever. Also with the tensions, the match will be very crucial to both the set of fans as to get along with the bragging rights of the day.
When: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Lazio: Caicedo will be a very crucial part of the Aquiles and will play a key role in deciding the winner of this fixture. Danilo Cataldi won’t be a part of the squad being suspended and Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto will also be unavailable after picking up injuries
Celtic: The hoops have a reason to be concerned since 4 important squad players Boli Bolingoli, Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston, and Leigh Griffits have not travelled with the squad and that can be tilt the scales towards Lazio.
Predicted Line up (3-5-2):
Strakosha; Vavro, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Correa, Caicedo
Forster; Elhamed, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli Mbombo; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi; Edouard
Lazio have been winless against British sides in the last 10 draws, since beating Chelsea in the 1999-00 Champions League and Celtic have never won against an Italian opposition in away fixture. It will be a cracker of a match and is sure a treat to the neutral fans
Lazio 2-2 Celtic
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