The UEFA Champions League will officially return to the field today. The top European club competition, after the long summer preliminary period, will descend on the various pitches scattered across the continent with the first round of the group stage. All 32 teams will play their debut match between today and tomorrow, Wednesday 20 September. And among the many teams ready to become protagonists we find Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio.
The Biancocelesti will face Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid starting from 9.00 pm inside the Olimpico in Rome. Immobile and his teammates did not particularly shine in these first seasonal outings in Serie A, managing to only scrape together 3 points in four races, the result of just one prestigious victory in Naples against the Italian champions and three defeats against Lecce, Genoa and, in the last round, against Juventus. Also Colchoneros in LaLiga, with 7 points in four days they find themselves floating in seventh place.
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In short, we’ll see who comes out on top today but, in the meantime, let’s try to hypothesize the probable lineups and start with the home team. Provedel he will certainly go to defend the Lazio posts. Marusic, Casale, Romagnoli and Hysaj they should make up the defensive quartet. Sarri in midfield, however, could deploy Guendouzi from 1′ together with Cataldi and Luis Alberto. Finally, the fiery trident forward: Felipe Anderson, Immobile and Zaccagni.
Let’s now move on to the probable lineup of Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. Oblak in goal is guaranteed. Molina, Gimenez and Azpilicueta they should defend the Spanish goalkeeper from Lazio’s offensive attacks. Hermoso, Riquelme, Llorente, Witsel and Saul they should then compose the midfield line. Finally, in attack, space for the Griezmann-Morata tandem. In short, now all we have to do is wait a few more hours: then it will be Lazio-Atletico Madrid.
PROBABLE LAZIO-ATLETIC MADRID LINE-UPS
LAZIO (4-3-3): Provedel; Marusic, Casale, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Guendouzi, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni. All. Sarri
ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Oblak; Molina, Gimenez, Azpilicueta; Hermoso, Riquelme, Llorente, Witsel, Saul; Griezmann, Morata. All. Simeone
LAZIO-ATLETIC MADRID CALENDAR (19 SEPTEMBER)
Tuesday 19 September
9.00 pm – Lazio-Atletico Madrid – Live TV on Canale 5 (free-to-air), Sky Sport 4K (channel 213), Sky Sport 252, Sky Sport Uno (channel 201). Live streaming on NOW, Infinity+, Sky Go, Mediaset Infinity. LIVE TEXTUAL live broadcast on OA Sport
LAZIO-ATLETIC MADRID PROGRAMME: HOW TO SEE IT ON TV AND STREAMING
- Live: Channel 5 (free to air), Sky Sport 4K (channel 213), Sky Sport 252, Sky Sport Uno (channel 201)
- Live streaming: NOW, Infinity+, Sky Go, Mediaset Infinity
- Live text broadcast: OA Sports
WHO IS THE REFEREE OF LAZIO-ATLETIC MADRID
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistants: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) – Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
IV: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
VAR: Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN)
AVAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)