Celtic can take a huge step towards the Europa League knockouts with victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.
Victory would put Celtic on the verge of the knockout stages but they could also qualify with two games left if Rennes fail to beat CFR Cluj in the other Group E match.
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Lazio could be without forwards, Felipe Caicedo and Joaquin Correa as the pair face late fitness tests after suffering a shoulder injury and knock respectively.
Ciro Immobile is also doubtful after recent injury woes and could join Stefan Radu, Adam Marusic plus the suspended Danilo Cataldi on the absentee list.
Celtic could be without Boli Bolingoli as the result of a hamstring injury as he joins several other players on the sidelines.
Jozo Simunovic, Vakoun Bayo, Leigh Griffiths (all knee), Mikey Johnston (hip & groin) and Tom Rogic are also absent with various injuries.
- This is the second meeting between Lazio and Celtic after the Hoops’ comeback 2-1 win at Celtic Park a fortnight ago.
- Celtic have lost their last two away trips against Italian opposition by 2-0 results against Juventus and AC Milan in March and September 2013 respectively, although they did manage to draw 1-1 with Udinese in December 2011 – their first Italian away trip to this decade.
- Lazio have won three of their last five European home games (W3, L2).
Injuries currently seem to be the story of both teams and if Lazio’s three strikers are all ruled out, this will be a uphill challenge from the first whistle for their players because Celtic will stretch them and test their with some ruthless yet physical attacks.
I therefore can see this game coming down to fine margins given Celtic’s recent Italian away woes, although a draw would be a good result for two teams currently in strong goal-scoring form.
Prediction: Lazio 1-1 Celtic
Result: Lazio 1-2 Celtic