Galatasaray vs Lazio Betting Tip Lazio – 16 September 2021

Lazio to return home with three points

Baris Alper Yilmaz / Galatasaray ©IMAGO / Seskim Photo 26.08.2021

TurkeyGalatasaray vs LazioItaly
16 September 1745hrs
Football – Europe – Champions League
Pick Lazio
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 11/10 odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 September

 

The Europa League group stages begin this week and one of the big matches is in Turkey where Galatasaray play Lazio on Thursday.

 

Bet at Betfair

 

Galatasaray Preview – Can Galatasaray make home advantage count?

This isn’t the competition that Galatasaray would have hoped to be playing in at the beginning of the season but a humbling loss to PSV in Champions League qualification means they have to focus on getting as far in the Europa League as possible. Fatih Terim’s men have already had to overcome St Johnstone and Randers to reach this stage – and they were pushed in both of those ties.

Winners of the UEFA Cup back in 2000, they failed to even reach the group stages 12 months ago so will be hoping for a more positive showing this time around. On what we’ve seen so far this season it would appear they are a long way off challenging for the competition but they will at least hope to make it into the knockout phase.

 

Our betting prediction
Lazio win and Over 2.5 goals
21/10
(odds taken 2000 GMT, Monday 13 September)

Galatasaray currently sit fifth in the Turkish Super League but are unbeaten after four games. They won their first two matches before a pair of 2-2 draws with Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor on their travels. The real frustration for Terim is that his side were two goals up on both occasions but unable to secure three points in either of the games.

Goals don’t look like being a problem for last year’s runners up with eight in four matches but it’s keeping them out at the other end. They’ve shipped five already and have kept just one clean sheet in 10 matches across all competitions so far this season.

Lazio Preview – Will Sarri’s Lazio been as free-scoring in Europe as they have been in Serie A?

Maurizo Sarri suffered his first defeat as Lazio boss at the weekend with his team going down 2-0 away to AC Milan. Lazio were the early pacesetters in Serie A scoring nine goals in two games against Empoli and Spezia but they were unable to take anything from their trip to the San Siro.

Sarri – who had a year out after leading Juventus to the title in 2019/20 – is implementing a style of play that is synonymous with his career. He has a tough act to follow in Simone Inzaghi but he has a strong track record of his own in the Italian top-flight and did take Chelsea to this title back in 2019.

 

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Lazio made it through to the last-16 of the Champions League last season but their most recent experience of this competition is less than encouraging. They only picked up six points in their section two years ago and were eliminated.

There hasn’t been a huge influx of players over the summer. The responsibility for goals will again mainly lie with Ciro Immobilie who has four in three so far. Felipe Anderson will be the main supply to the striker following the sale of Joaquin Correa to Inter Milan.

Galatasaray vs Lazio Betting Advice

You never want to lose the first game in the group stage of a European competition and that particularly applies to the home team. Galatasaray have already had an embarrassing defeat already this season and have not been overly impressive in their subsequent matches to reach this phase. Lazio had a setback at the weekend but it’s been an otherwise impressive start to life under Sarri.

This is a repeat of the last-32 tie between the teams back in 2016. Lazio proved too good on that occasion and it could be a similar outcome tomorrow.

 

Key Facts – Galatasaray vs Lazio Betting Tip

  • Galatasaray dropped into the Europa League following a heavy defeat to PSV in Champions League qualification
  • Lazio were eliminated at the group stage of the 2019/20 Europa League taking just six points
  • The teams faced each other in the last-32 of this competition in 2016 – Lazio prevailed 4-2

 

Lazio have superior quality and although away from home it should be enough to see them get an opening match day win.

 

Best Betting Odds for Galatasaray vs Lazio

Galatasaray: 13/5 at Betfred
Draw: 11/4 at Betfred
Lazio: 1/1 at Betfred