The European cups, more specifically the group stage, are nearing their end. There are two more rounds left and in the next three days, a lot will become clearer. Tonight, matches from the lower leagues in England are also being played. The odds were valid at the time of writing this text.
Lazio – Celtic – 1&0-3 @ 2.35 at Mozzartbet
The Scots only have a theoretical chance of finishing at least third in this group and continuing in the Europa League. We doubt this will happen as they need to win their last two games against Lazio away and Feyenoord at home, and also require the Italians to not gain any points and the Dutch to not take more than one. For Lazio, the match is crucial for qualifying for the knockout stage. If they triumph over Celtic and Feyenoord fails to win against Atletico, it would be clear after this round that Madrid and Lazio will advance to the Champions League round of 16. The team from Rome isn’t in particularly good form this season. In the Italian Serie A, they’ve only taken one point from the last three rounds and have scored just one goal in those 270 minutes. Also, in their last six matches, they haven’t scored more than one goal per game. Celtic dominates in their league, but the Champions League is a different level. We expect a Lazio victory and once again a low scoring game at the Olimpico.
Shakhtar – Antwerp – fr 1 @ 2.10 at Mozzartbet
The Belgian champions are almost certain to finish last in their group, but they would surely like to avoid a scenario where they end the competition without a single point. So far, they are on “zero”, with four matches resulting in as many losses. Their closest chance to earn a point was in the duel with Shakhtar at their home ground. They led 2:0 after the first half, but conceded three goals in the second. Despite this, they could have secured a point, but missed a penalty in the 97th minute. These points were very important for the Ukrainians; the team from Donetsk now has 6 points and if they beat Antwerp again, they will decide their advancement to the knockout stage in a direct clash with Porto in the last round. Shakhtar’s handicap is that they play as the home team in Hamburg, Germany, but they have also played at the Volksparkstadion against Barcelona and managed to win.
Sudtirol – Brescia – 1x&un 2.5 @ 1.90 at Mozzartbet
In a postponed match of the 3rd round of the Italian Serie B, two teams from the north of the country will meet. Brescia is lower in the standings but is currently in slightly better form. While Südtirol has suffered three consecutive losses in the league, the team from Lombardy broke a streak of five unsuccessful games by securing a point in their visit to Pisa. It was Pisa who celebrated against Südtirol in Bolzano, which is the last match that the team from South Tyrol played in front of their home crowd. As for the league table, the difference between these two teams is not significant; Südtirol has 16 points, just two more than Brescia, and both are outside the relegation and even the playoff zones. Last season, Brescia barely stayed in the league, managing to do so only through the playoffs, while Südtirol, in their first season in the second division, eventually made it to the playoffs. In their head-to-head encounters last season, both teams won at home, Brescia with a 2:0 and Südtirol with a 1:0. We expect something similar now, a low scoring game with an advantage to the home team.