Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Prediction: Juventus vs Lazio

Verdict: Over 2,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: 888sport

Lazio and Juventus will face each other Monday in a thrilling Serie A matchup, as this game could have massive implications in the title race. The Old Lady could put one hand in the title with a win, but Lazio can shrink their deficit to just five points if they pull the upset here. Kick-off for this match has been slated for Monday at 20:45 GMT.

Juventus

Juventus might be coming off a three-game winless run (D2, L1) but remain fairly comfortable at the top of the standings with a six-point lead over both Inter Milan and Atalanta, although that advantage could shrink to just three points if Inter defeat AS Roma on Sunday. Regardless of what might happen with Inter, Juventus know winning here could put them in a great spot to win the Serie A title once again. The Old Lady have won the league title in each of the last eight campaigns. They would need to undergo a massive meltdown to not clinch it during the current campaign. They can boast a strong home record as testament of their ability to earn the three points here as well. Juventus are the best home team in the Serie A this season, with a W14, D2 record in 16 matches.

Team News

Sami Khedira (thigh) and Federico Bernardeschi (suspension) have been ruled out of this match.

Juventus could be depleted even further, though. Mattia De Sciglio (thigh), Giorgio Chiellini (calf), Rodrigo Bentancur (calf) will all be game-time decisions for the coaching staff.

Lazio

Lazio have taken just one point of their last 12 available (D1, L3) and have fallen to fourth place with only 69 points, but a win could put them five points behind Juventus with four games left in the schedule. The Rome-based side has not looked as the threatening, dominant side they were earlier this year. However, their lack of results of late can be attributed to injuries. They’re missing several key first-team players due to injury, and it’s not like they have a very deep squad to weather several absences at the same time. Lazio are coming off a 0-0 draw against Udinese the last time out, but the previously lost to Sassuolo (1-2), Lecce (1-2) and AC Milan (0-3). Two of those defeats came at home as well. Undoubtedly, a win over Juventus in this game could boost their title chances enormously.

Team News

Lazio will be incredibly depleted ahead of this matchup, as they will have several first-team regulars sidelined though injury.

The list includes Patric (suspension), Luis Alberto (undisclosed), Lucas Leiva (knee), Adam Marusic (thigh), Jony (undisclosed), Joaquin Correa (knee), Senad Lulic (ankle) and Stefan Radu (calf).

Key Factors to Consider

  • The last two H2H matches between these two sides have ended with 3-1 wins for Lazio. One came in the Serie A this season, and the other one came in the 2019-20 Italy Super Cup.
  • Both sides have been struggling of late. Juventus are on a three-game winless run, while Lazio are winless in their last four Serie A contests.
  • The last three H2H matches have ended with over 2.5 goals scored and both teams finding the back of the net.
  • Juventus and Lazio are the third-best and fourth-best attack in the league this season. Only Atalanta and Inter Milan have scored more goals.
  • Both sides also feature the second-best defensive record (35 goals conceded) before Sunday’s match between Inter Milan and AS Roma.

Conclusion

The last two matches between these two clubs have featured over 3.5 goals scored. Imagine that might be a stretch, but there should be plenty of goals once again.

After all, both Lazio and Juventus have been among the league’s most prolific attacks in 2019-20. As such, it’s safe to expect at least three total goals in this one.

Verdict: Over 2,5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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