Lazio visit champions elect Juventus as the Serie A term nears its conclusion. Prior to the pause in play the Biancocelesti were the form side in the division, but it has been a sobering three weeks for Simone Inzaghi’s unhappy troops. The hosts are eight points clear at the top of the table.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 20 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Lazio: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Lazio ran out deserved 3-1 winners after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener. Luiz Felipe, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Felipe Caicedo all scored on a momentous night for the Biancocelesti.
Juventus vs. Lazio Predictions and Preview
It has not been a vintage year for Juventus but the Turin giants are closing in on another title. Maurizio Sarri has struggled for balance in midfield with Miralem Pjanic below par for almost the entirety of the campaign, while Aaron Ramsey and Sami Khedira have spent large periods out through injury.
On a more positive note, Adrien Rabiot is finally performing to the required level and Rodrigo Bentancur has displaced Barcelona bound Pjanic with a string of mature performances.
Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala will take their places in attack with one of Federico Bernardeschi or Douglas Costa operating from the right flank. Typically, the Brazilian speedster will appear late on and Sarri is likely to go with the more conservative Italian to combat the threat of wing-back Jony.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Luis Alberto to score first||17/2||Offer|
|Lazio to win 2-1||16/1||Offer|
There are a number of fascinating sub-plots all over the pitch but Ronaldo’s battle with Ciro Immobile will take centre stage. The Portuguese legend is 5/2 to open proceedings and is just one goal behind the Lazio hitman in the goalscorer standings. Juventus are 4/6 to emerge triumphant.
The visiting Biancocelesti are in freefall. Reports emerged after the shock 2-1 loss at Lecce of a bust up between the playing staff and medical team.
It has been a busy week at Lazio HQ with President Claudio Lotito demanding an explanation in to the club’s current plight. Inzaghi and Sporting Director Igli Tare reportedly met the owner and a swift turnaround in performances is expected.
Despite the downturn in results, Inzaghi is still one of the country’s brightest managers and has been linked to the top jobs at both PSG and the Bianconeri.
The younger brother of Pippo will go with Immobile and Caicedo up top. The burly Ecuadorian is 13/5 to register anytime while his strike partner is 5/1 to break the deadlock. Lazio are 15/4 to do the double over Juventus and the draw is 3/1.
One to watch for Juventus: Gonzalo Higuain is playing second fiddle to Dybala but his size and presence will be needed against a robust Biancocelesti back three. The Argentine could feature shortly after the break and is 9/2 to bag last.
One to watch for Lazio: Milinkovic-Savic has long been admired by the Scudetto holders and would not look out of place in Juventus’ midfield. The giant Serb is 11/1 to net last.
Long shot: Atalanta quite rightly receive the plaudits for their astonishing numbers but Lazio have also been devastating going forward for large spells of the season. It is easy to forget the Biancocelesti not only won the reverse fixture in early December but followed up the result with an identical 3-1 scoreline in the Supercoppa just two weeks later. The same outcome for a remarkable third time is available at 40/1.