It’s a blockbuster weekend of Serie A matches as second in the table Juventus travel to third place Lazio on Saturday evening.
After a mini slump, the hosts have found their groove again, netting eight goals in their last two matches while the champions’ most recent domestic fixture versus Atalanta was postponed due to heavy snow.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 3 March, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Lazio vs. Juventus: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Douglas Costa opened proceedings before a brace from ex-Juve hitman Ciro Immobile sealed the win for Lazio.
Lazio v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Morale is high in Simone Inzaghi’s group after successfully navigating their passage in to the Europa League Last 16 and the convincing 3-0 success away at Sassuolo three days later.
The Biancocelesti have, of course, already beaten the Scudetto holders in the reverse fixture back in October and go in hunt of a domestic double that would cement their position in the table as the Milan giants tussle it out in the same game week.
Inzaghi will call on the services of the league’s leading marksman in Ciro Immobile. The Italian hitman is in the form of his life and already has over 30 goals for the term. At 2/1, the 28-year-old is favourite to get on the scoresheet first and as a Napoli native, will relish the opportunity of damaging the Bianconeri’s title hopes.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is another player who has benefited under the guidance of his Coach and the £70m rated attacking midfielder is one to watch on the night. The capital club are 11/5 to come out on top against an injury ravaged Juventus side.
The visitors are still minus Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Juan Cuadrado, though Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi could soon return to the fold. Paulo Dybala is unlikely to start from the opening whistle with Max Allegri mindful it will be a highly intense encounter.
Federico Bernardeschi will definitely miss out and there are fears the winger will require surgery on the knee injury sustained in the Derby della Mole. Despite the list of sidelined stars, the depleted Turin outfit are priced at 11/10 to emerge triumphant and maintain the pressure on leaders Napoli.
One to watch for Lazio: Milinkovic-Savic has 11 strikes in all competitions and will ably support Immobile. The Serbian talent is 7/1 to notch any time during the 90 against one of a number of clubs interested in his signature.
One to watch for Juventus: Mario Mandzukic will be needed through the middle in the absence of Higuain and Dybala still short on match fitness. The burly Croatian is sure to make his presence felt and is 6/1 to bag the final goal of the big clash.
Long shot: Lazio are the division’s top scorers but, equally, have shipped far more goals than the sides in and around them. In contrast, opponents Juventus have conceded a measly 15 efforts all year. A thoroughly entertaining 3-3 result is priced at 66/1 and with both clubs desperate for maximum points, this tie has all the makings of a classic.