Two sides with real ambitions of making the Champions League knockout stages go head-to-head on Wednesday night in Rotterdam, as Feyenoord host Lazio.
With Celtic winless at the bottom of Group E and Atletico Madrid the frontrunners leading into this week’s games, Feyenoord and Lazio will both fancy their chances of finishing in the top two.
There is plenty on the line in this game at Feyenoord Stadium but the sides might have to settle for a point each in what could well be a cagey affair in Rotterdam.
Feyenoord go into this game following a 4-0 win over Vitesse at the weekend but the three points came at a price with star striker Santiago Gimenez going off injured.
Yankuba Minteh also picked up a knock and, like Gimenez, is a doubt for Wednesday’s trip to Rotterdam along with Luka Ivanusec.
Defender Gernot Trauner is a certain absentee as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
As for Lazio, Ciro Immobile has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Italy squad and he is set to feature in this Champions League showdown.
Mattia Zaccagni was rested at the weekend for the 2-0 win at Sassuolo but is expected to return to the starting lineup for manager Maurizio Sarri.
Feyenoord are 5/6 in the match result market, with the draw at 5/2 and a Lazio win on the road available at 13/5.
The score has been level at half-time in three of Feyenoord’s last four games in the Champions League and another stalemate at the break is currently 13/10.
Draw @ 5/2
Neither side can really afford to lose this game in Rotterdam as they battle it out with Atleti for the top two places in Group E.
These sides met in the Europa League last season, with Gimenez scoring the decisive goal in a 1-0 win for Feyenoord on home soil against Lazio.
With the striker looking set to miss Wednesday’s encounter, there might well be even less to choose between the sides.
A draw would still keep both teams’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive and that is how this one might well play out.
Under 2.5 goals @ 11/10
Gimenez has been the main attacking threat for Feyenoord, with 13 league goals already to his name this term.
His potential absence will leave Feyenoord short of firepower, while Lazio’s star forward Immobile is just working his way back to fitness.
This fixture was a low-scoring affair when they met in Rotterdam last year in the Europa League and under 2.5 total goals is certainly worth considering here.