Lazio vs. Juventus: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Can Juventus close the gap between Napoli or tumble further from the title?
Lazio will host Juventus this Saturday in the Stadio Olimpico, after their shocking defeat in the Coppa Italia to AC Milan on penalties. On the other hand, the old lady advanced to the finals after winning over Atalanta.
After having their dream shattered of winning the Copa Italia, The Eagles will now be focusing in the Serie A. It will likely be an uphill battle for them with them having to play against Juventus who are in great form. The White and Blacks are undefeated in their last six games; winning five games and a game ending in a stalemate against Tottenham in the Champions League.
On the other hand, Lazio have ended their three-game winning with a defeat in the Coppa Italia. In their last six games, the Eagles have won three games and lost the other three. Simone Inzaghi’s side will now hope to overcome their defeat in the Coppa Italia and will look to win against the old lady.
For Juventus, it is one of those must-win games if they do not want to let the Serie A title go out of their reach. League leaders Napoli are basking in their great winning streak, and Allegri’s boys will want to stay out ahead and close in on Napoli.
Meanwhile, Lazio are just a point ahead of Inter Milan, and they will want to further widen that gap with a terrific win against one of the strong sides to beat in world football. This match will be an away fixture for Juventus, and we can expect to witness an outstanding performance from both of these Italian sides as they come face to face on Saturday in the Serie A League Match.
The two Italian sides met earlier this season where Lazio have emerged victorious. It was a fierce battle between the two teams where Lazio won by two goals to one. Juventus have lost to Lazio twice in their last five meetings in which Juventus were victorious in 3 of them.
In the previous five meetings between these teams, there have been no shortage of goals whatsoever. These sides have shared a total of 14 goals in their last five encounters, and it is for sure that this time around too we can expect plenty of goals from both the teams.
Pedro Neto is set to come back against Juventus. We can see more from the Portuguese as Lazio come head to head against the old lady. Also, Bruno Jordao is likely to miss this clash due to a muscle injury he faces.
Adam Marusic is on a red card suspension and will be unavailable for the match.
Federico Bernardeschi, a winger for Juventus, is likely expected to miss the fixture against the Eagles after he was forced off the field against Torino. The Italian player is facing knee ligament damage, and he would need some speediest recovery so as not to miss many games.
Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio both will be sidelined alongside each other.
Players to Watch
Ciro Immobile, the leading goal scorer in the Serie A, has made headlines all over. Immobile has now 23 goals in this season for the club, in just 24 appearances. He is athletic and is quite renowned for his unique goal scoring abilities. Juventus will have to implement tactics and strengthen their defense to stop this Italian player from finding the back of the net.
Immobile is having a wonderful season with his scoring goals after goals and making the opposition defense frustrated. The talented Italian forward also has 8 Assists to his name, and in the match against Juventus, he will most likely look to increase his number of goals and provide few assists too.
Twenty-four-year-old Dybala is undoubtedly the most important player for Juventus. The Argentine forward has 14 goals in his 20 appearances for the club and is a remarkable player. Playing mostly as a substitute for Juve, this youngster has quite a skill. He delivers his best performances every time, and we can most surely expect this player to score some goals and show how amazing he is.
Lazio vs. Juventus Line Up (Predicted XI)
Lazio Line Up (3-5-1-1):
GK: T. Strakosha
DEF: Radu (LB), S. de Vrij (CB), M. Caceres (RB)
MID: S. Lulic (LM), Milinkovic Savic (LCM), Lucas (CM), M. Parolo (RCM), J. Lukaku (RM), L. Alberto (CAM)
Juventus Line Up (4-3-3)
GK: Buffon (GK)
DEF: Lichtsteiner (RB), M. Benatia (CB), Chiellini (CB), Asamoah (LB)
MID: Marchisio (RCM), Pjanic (CDM), Matuidi (LCM)
Lazio vs Juventus Prediction
It is a make or break like situation for Allegri’s men. A loss on the league game would mean them missing that chance for the league title. If Juventus lose this fixture against the Eagles, they would be 4 points behind league leaders Napoli, and with so little matches left and Napoli in winning form, they would have to say goodbye for the title.
Hence, this tie is a crucial 3 pointer for both the sides and the old lady are the favorites.
We predict it would be a win for Juve in the away fixture with two goals to one.
Juventus – 2
Lazio – 1