Sunday’s early kick-off in Serie A sees a potentially key clash between Lazio and Juventus. Both teams are yet to hit top form this season, but look set to be there or thereabouts when it comes to the scudetto and race for the top four come the end of the campaign.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 8 November, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Lazio vs. Juventus: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace before Ciro Immobile pulled one back from the penalty spot late on, as Juve beat Lazio 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in July.
Lazio v Juventus Predictions and Preview
This fixture has been a relatively even one in recent seasons, following a period of Juventus domination over Lazio. The Bianconeri went 14 games unbeaten against their Roman rivals between 2013 and 2017, including a run of 10 straight victories, but both clubs have won four of their eight meetings since then.
Lazio recorded back-to-back 3-1 victories over the Old Lady last season, prior to that defeat in Turin, thanks to triumphs in their home league game and in last December’s Super Cup. The Biancocelesti finished five points behind the champions at the end of last term, and are two behind their rivals this time round.
Simone Inzaghi’s team haven’t been at their best in the early weeks of the new campaign, losing two of their opening six Serie A fixtures, winning three. Juve have also only won three times, although they remain unbeaten as they adjust to new manager Andrea Pirlo’s methods.
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They are certainly very different to previous coach Maurizio Sarri’s, with the key right now for Juve being that they stay in touch with early pacesetters Milan during this transitional period. There’s no let-up in terms of the fixture list for Pirlo to ingrain his philosophy in his players, although the Old Lady’s trip to Hungary to play Ferencvaros on Wednesday is negated by Lazio’s tougher visit to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg.
That said, Inzaghi needs less time on the training pitch with his squad, as he plots a second successive top-four finish in his fifth season in charge of Lazio. The Biancocelesti boss could be hampered by his club’s Covid-19 outbreak though, with Djavan Anderson, Gonzalo Escalante, Luis Alberto and Manuel Lazzari all testing positive for the virus towards the end of last month.
Juventus, on the other hand, are boosted by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portuguese forward’s own coronavirus-enforced absence. His presence makes a significant difference to any team, with the visitors the 19/20 favourites with William Hill in these Lazio v Juventus predictions. The hosts are 11/4, while you can back the draw at 14/5.
One to watch for Lazio: Ciro Immobile was on target the last time these teams met, and with three goals in five Serie A appearances so far this season, the Italian forward is 4/1 to open the scoring this time round.
One to watch for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo took that honour in their last meeting, and also broke the deadlock in the first Serie A meeting between the teams last term. He has five goals in just three league games so far this season and is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock for the third time in a row in this fixture in Serie A.
Long shot: Juventus have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three victories over Lazio, with each of the last two finished 2-1 to the Old Lady. The away team are 8/1 to win this one 2-1, rising to 33/1 if you add Ronaldo as the first goalscorer.