Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Olimpico when Lazio and Zenit face each other in the Champions League round 4. The Biancocelesti aim to retain their spot in top two, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s football match. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been tested positive for coronavirus, and, no doubt, the Serbia international is going to be sorely missed in the Champions League clash.
Luis Felipe (coronavirus), Strakosha (coronavirus), Proto (injury), Escalante (injury), and Lulic (injury) are out of contention as well. The Zenitchiki, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team collecting only one point from possible nine. Considering that Lazio are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Russia empty-handed from the trip to the “Eternal City”.
Highlighted Player (Manuel Lazzari):
Born in Valdagno, Italy on November 29, 1993, Manuel Lazzari is a midfielder who plays for Serie A side SPAL. Lazzari played for the youth teams of Montecchio Maggiore at the start of his football career and in 2011 he moved to Delta Rovigo.
After spending the 2011/2012 season at the club, Manuel Lazzarri joined Giacomense in the summer of 2012 and it has to be noted that he made 24 appearances in the league for the club. At the end of the 2012/2013 season the 174-cm-tall footballer moved to SPAL and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
Manuel Lazzari had seven assists in 39 appearances for SPAL in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the Italian elite division. His main position is right midfield, but he can play as both right-back and right winger if needed. Manuel Lazzari’s contract with SPAL should expire on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Zenit):
Zenit Saint Petersburg are a Russian football club that was founded by workers of Leningrad Metal Plant in 1925. Over the years the Zenitchiki have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Russian football, but they won their first domestic trophy in 1984.
Zenit have been impressive in the national championship in the 21st century, winning four league titles, while clinching two Russian Cups (2010, 2016). The Zenitchiki are a regular participant of the Champions League group stages and in 2008 they did well to win the UEFA Cup. The Russian outfit defeated Glasgow Rangers (2-0) in the title game, with Denisov and Zyryanov both finding the net in the final of the competition.
Zenit play their home games at Krestovsky Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2016. Gazprom are the club’s main sponsors and the colour of their home shirts is white-sky blue. Brazilian ace Hulk is probably the most notable footballer who played for Zenit.