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21 October 2020 00:42

UEFA Champions League Manchester United F.C. Stade Rennais F.C.

Line-ups: Lazio v Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund Odds If you're like me, the Champions League anthem is playing in your head because the tournament is back. The world's elite club competition features a host of mouthwatering matchups this fall, one of which features teams who had a knack for finding the back of the net last season. Lazio and Borussia Dortmund have had opposite starts to their respective league campaigns, but let's see what that means in terms of how to bet the match: $1,000 Sign-Up Bonus Full Review Matched 1st bet up to $500 Deposit bonus up to $500 Action's Preferred Sportsbook Bet Now Lazio is due for a bit of regression from last season, when it was Juventus' closest challenger for the Serie A title before struggling following the campaign's summer restart. The club benefited greatly via 15 goals from the penalty spot last season, when its xG was 7.73 goals lower from open play than its actual total. Expected goals (also known as xG) is an advanced statistic that gives an indication of whether results are based on sustainable factors like a steady creation of scoring chances, or whether it is down to aspects such as luck or outstanding goalkeeping.

The Eagles are off to a shaky start this season in Serie A, gaining four points from four games. Lazio didn't register more than 1.00 xG in either of its last two league matches — a 1-1 draw against Inter and 3-0 loss to Sampdoria. Striker Ciro Immobile did not feature against Sampdoria on Saturday due to suspension, so his potential return in the Champions League will be a big boost for a struggling Lazio attack. Borussia Dortmund Aside from a shocking defeat away to Augsburg in Matchday 2 of the Bundesliga, Dortmund has taken care of business early. Substitutes Erling Haaland and Marco Reus combined on the winner, with Haaland assisting his teammate on the match's lone goal.

Haaland has 17 goals in 19 league games since joining Dortmund in January and will be fresh to lead the attack in Rome. Dortmund will always provide attacking flair, with a plethora of quality players to pick from going forward, but the biggest positive so far has been its defense. Manager Lucien Favre's side ranks second in the Bundesliga at 3.28 xGA through its first four matches, trailing top-of-the-league RB Leipzig. Dortmund usually is good to score at least a goal in every game it play, so a strong backline led by veteran Mats Hummels going away from home into a place like Stadio Olimpico is a massive boost. Lazio-Borussia Dortmund pick Lazio, meanwhile, are struggling all over the field.

The Black and Yellow is on a good run of form, and the defensive stability with its 3-4-2-1 formation under Favre could be the difference between it breaking through domestically and in European competition this season. Haaland to score first at +370 isn't bad value either, but I'll just focus on the Dortmund moneyline here since it's the clear play given the sides' current runs of form. Shaka Hislop feels Dortmund must be willing to adapt to be successful against clubs like Lazio in the UCL. Lazio's Ciro Immobile scored against his former club Borussia Dortmund in a 3-1 home victory marking their return to the Champions League group phase after a 13-year absence on Tuesday. Their second strike was credited as an own goal by keeper Marwin Hitz while substitute Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro got the third as the Italians shrugged off their poor form in the new Serie A season to secure a winning start to their Group F campaign. Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Haaland kept up his prolific Champions League scoring form with a second-half goal to make it 2-1 but that was to be the German club's only consolation. Immobile, who played in the Bundesliga for Dortmund in the 2014-15 season, got Lazio off to an early lead after their pressing forced possession from Dortmund's new fullback Thomas Meunier. It allowed Joaquin Correa to steal a pass through to Immobile, who scored from close range in the sixth minute. It was the fifth Champions League goal for the 30-year-old Italian international, the four previous efforts having been netted in Dortmund colours. "It was an emotional night, playing Champions League football after so many years. Dortmund are a great side, we needed a great performance," Immobile said. Lazio's lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Luiz Felipe, on his return from injury, attacked a corner and got a glancing touch with his head, steering the ball towards the goal though it hit the face of Hitz as it flew in. Dortmund had few opportunities to force a first-half chance but after the break looked much more attacking as Haaland began to power his way through the home defence and look dangerous. He eventually pulled back a goal in the 71st minute with a powerful left-footed finish from a square pass delivered by American teenage substitute Gio Reyna. Haaland now has 11 goals in nine appearances in the competition. But just when Dortmund went in search of parity, a quick counter attack saw Immobile set up substitute Akpa-Akpro to restore Lazio's two-goal advantage five minutes after the visitors' goal. Lazio's win came in contrast to their domestic form where they have collected a single point from their last three Serie A outings. Line-ups: Lazio v Borussia Dortmund Ciro Immobile, Joaquin Correa and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic lead the way in Lazio's first Champions League match for 13 years against Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho's Borussia Dortmund. The Biancocelesti are back in Europe's top tier, but they begin with an incredibly difficult task against young and exciting Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund. Immobile was suspended for Saturday's 3-0 Serie A defeat to Sampdoria, so he'll be fired up against his old club. Tucu Correa won the battle with Vedat Muriqi to be his strike partner, supported by Luis Alberto and Milinkovic-Savic in midfield. Borussia Dortmund are known for their exciting forwards, Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho, as well as their all-attack style of football. Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Luis Alberto, Fares; Correa, Immobile Lazio bench: Reina, Anderson, Armini, Hoedt, Parolo, Escalante, Caicedo, Czyz, Alia, Akpa-Akpro, Muriqi Borussia Dortmund: Hitz; Piszczek, Hummels, Delaney; Meunier, Bellingham, Witsel, Guerreiro; Reus, Sancho; Haaland Borussia Dortmund bench: Burki, Unbehaun, Morey, Dahoud, Brandt, Reinier, Reyna, Passlack, Knauff, Raschl