Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Signal-Iduna-Park when Borussia Dortmund and Lazio take on each other in the Group F derby. Borussia Dortmund were beaten by Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in their opener, but they quickly got back on course, with the team recording three consecutive win in the process. Lucien Favre’s troops aim to cement top position in Group F, and despite their poor display in a 2-1 loss to Koln at the weekend, home win should be considered.
As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Erling Haland, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season. The Biancocelesti aim to build on a 3-1 win over Zenit, but they face an uphill task in Wednesday’s showdown. Lazio are not regarded as good travellers, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The likes of Muriqi, Lulic, and Proto are injured for the visitors, while Luis Felipe should recover in time to face Borussia Dortmund.
Highlighted Player (Julian Brandt):
Julian Brandt is one of the most promising wingers in Germany. He started playing football in his hometown, Bremen, at SC Borgfeld, moving to FC Oberneuland, after which he joined VLF Wolfsburg’s youth academy. With 27 goals in his 48 games during two seasons with the Wolves, Brandt recommended himself to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2014.
The 22-year-old winger prefers to play on the left flank, but he can also provide help on the right side, as well as an attacking midfielder. During the season 2015/2016, Julian Brandt netted goals in six consecutive games, becoming the youngest player since Gerd Muller to achieve this.
The good performances in the season made Joackim Low call the youngster in Germany’s preliminary 27-man squad for the Euro 2016 and he made his first appearance for the senior squad in May 2016, against Slovakia. He was a part of the Germany squad at the Summer Olympics, where Brandt and his teammates won the silver medal. In the summer of 2018, Julian Brandt made the World Cup team.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.