Serie A: Juventus vs Lazio preview


Defending Serie A champions Juventus are looking to secure their second consecutive win on Saturday, when they host Lazio at Allianz Stadium in Turin. Last season Lazio managed to pull off the upset in Turin, they defeated Juventus 2-1 and striker Ciro Immobile scored both goals. Juventus got their revenge five months later with a 1-0 victory in Rome, the fifth consecutive away victory for the Bianconeri against Lazio. Overall, Juventus have won four of the last six direct meetings in all competitions.

Juventus started the season with a 3-2 victory at Chievo last weekend, but they had to fight very hard to get it. Chievo had a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes left in the match and Juventus fought back thanks to an own goal before Federico Bernardeschi scored the winner on 93 minutes. That was Cristiano Ronaldo's first competitive match for Juventus, he will be hoping to get his first goal as well pretty soon. Leonardo Spinazzola is the only injury concern for head coach Massimiliano Allegri, who will probably choose to play Mario Mandzukic instead of Juan Cuadrado in this match.

Lazio started the season with a defeat, they lost 2-1 at home against Napoli last weekend even though they had taken the lead on 25 minutes thanks to a goal from striker Ciro Immobile. The result seems to have brought some tension between head coach Simone Inzaghi and club owner Claudio Lotito, so there might be some pressure in the dressing room ahead of this match. Patric is suspended for this match, while Jordan Lukaku and Luiz Felipe are injured and will miss out. Midfielder Lucas Leiva is available again after having served his suspension.

Probable line-ups:

Juventus: Szczesny - Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro - Pjanic, Khedira - Mandzukic, Dybala, Costa - Ronaldo

Lazio: Strakosha - Wallace, Acerbi, Radu - Marusic, Leiva, Parolo, Lulic - Milinkovic-Savic, Alberto - Immobile

My prediction: 2-2 draw, Juventus are not in shape yet and Lazio seem very determined to get a result here.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Juventus win - 1.36
Draw - 5.00
Lazio win - 9.00

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