Celtic vs Lazio: match preview, expected lineups & prediction

Celtic vs Lazio: Match Preview

Lazio visit Celtic Park on Thursday night, a game that could be key in relation to their progression from Group E of the Europa League.

The hosts Celtic are undefeated in the competition and top the group with four points; The Hoops have also won their last seven home games in all competitions.

Simone Inzagi and his Lazio side have a contrasting form; the side from Rome are without a victory in their last four matches away from home (D1, L3).

Inzaghi has the full squad at his disposal heading into Thursdays match; however, there is a question mark over his selection seeing as his side travel to Florence on Sunday in another challenging fixture against La Viola.

Neil Lennon has Jozo Simunovic closing in on first-team football; however, it is unlikely he will be thrown into the deep end against Lazio.

Ryan Christie is serving a domestic suspension, so he will be likely to feature in Thursdays Europa League game.

Celtic vs Lazio: Expected Lineup

Expected Lineup: Lazio

Ciro Immobile looks likely to be rested after Simone Inzaghi tested Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo up top in Tuesday’s training session.

Thomas Strakosha also managed to complete a full training session, the Albanian picked up a knock on his elbow in the game against Atalanta and was a doubt for the game against Celtic.

Celtic: Forster, Boolingoli-Mbomo, Ajer, Jullien, Elhamed, Brown, McGregor, Elyounoussi, Christie, Forrest, Edouard

Celtic vs Lazio: Prediction

The fans will have Celtic Park rocking in Thursday’s game against Lazio, for that reason alone I am going to sway the result in their favour. Lazio will run them close, however with the looming away game in Florence on Sunday I think Inzaghi will be leaving Scotland pointless. 

Prediction: Celtic 2-1 Lazio

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