Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Lazio will look to retain second place in Group E when they host Celtic to their Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening. The Biancocelesti aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Feyenoord, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Matias Vecino serves a one-game ban, while all Nicolo Casale, Adam Marusic, and Mattia Zaccagni are sidelined with injuries. Experienced attacker Ciro Immobile is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Hoops, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom of the table with only one point on their account. Celtic are not regarded as good travellers and given their shaky defence, we are tempted to put our money on Waltez Mazzarri’s troops. Japan forward Daizen Maeda misses out through suspension, while all Reo Hatate, Liel Abada, Marco Tilio, and James McCarthy remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Joe Hart):
Joe Hart is an English goalkeeper who was born on 19 April, 1987. Following a three-year spell with Shrewsbury Town, Hart joined big-spending Manchester City in 2006. After ending his loan spell with with Birmingham City (2010), he returned to Man City and he has been playing for the Etihad Stadium outfit ever since.
Joe Hart earned his 63rd cap for England at the Euro 2016 finals, but he has yet to win a trophy at the major tournaments with the Three Lions. On the other hand, the 29-year-old goalkeeper has clinched two Premier League trophies with Manchester City (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and the FA Cup title in 2011.
Speaking of his individual honours, Joe Hart has won the Premier League Golden Glove award on four occasions (2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2014/2015). Hart made his England debut against Trinidad & Tobago on 1 June, 2008. It has to be noted that he managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut for the English national 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.