Lazio vs Juventus Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Recently focused over three different fronts (Juve still are), Lazio and Juventus are both involved in one of the three very intriguing round 27 fixtures. However, both top-table sides are also suffering from either fatigue or a list of injuried players before an important Serie A clash at the “Stadio Olimpico” in capital Rome.
Although the Bianconeri are unbeaten since 19 November 2017, their performances have been rather poor after the UEFA Champions League home draw (2-2) against Tottenham. Besides, the midweek Coppa Italia narrow success against Atalanta reflects that fragility, with a winning goal coming after a controversial penalty, successfully executed by Miralem Pjanic in closing quarter of the match. It has been preceded by another 1-0 win in the Derby della Mole against city rivals Torino in round 25, while the last weekend’s league game with Atalanta has been postponed for mid-March due to heavy weather circumstances (snowing). This leaves Juventus four points behind Napoli and although they’ve played one game less, Massimiliano Allegri’s men can’t afford to increase that gap with a wrong step in Rome. Especially when their Southern rivals have an upcoming home match against the other Roman club later the same night, which is one of the potential games where Napoli can slip up after 10 successive victories in the Calcio.
Formation, Injuries and Suspensions
Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado, Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain will all miss the upcoming journey to Rome. Even though Higuain is back, he still trains individually, according to the latest reports of Sky, so the Argentine is likely to be rested for the vital journey to North London. Paulo Dybala just got back but already entered as a substitution in Juve’s last two games so he may receive more playing time here, which is the best measure if Allegri wants to have his number 10 closer to optimal shape before the Champions League showdown next week.
Mattia De Sciglio might still not be fit enough, leaving the right flank for veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Eliminated in dramatic penalty shoot-outs by AC Milan in the midweek Coppa Italia semi-final, when exhaustion reigned over both teams after over 120 minutes of playing time, it’s difficult to imagine the Biancocelesti brimming with vitality when they take on “The Old Lady” from Turin. Anyway, coach Inzaghi will be hoping to capitalize over Juve’s decline in form, like he already did in the most recent encounters between the two sides earlier this season, and he will also be hoping top scorer Ciro Immobile will be wearing his deadly boots against his favourite prey of the season. Indeed, Ciro Immobile already scored four goals (a brace in each one) in the last two matches against his former side Juventus.
Formation, Injuries and Suspensions
Simone Inzaghi is expected to stick within his favourite formation with three centre-backs and with Luis Alberto playing behind the striker – 3-5-1-1. Lazio’s coach will most likely give bench warmers playing time in the upcoming UEFA Europa League 1/8 final against Dynamo Kyiv in Thursday, only swapping Dusan Basta instead of suspended Adam Marusic. Otherwise, all first-team players are eager to start despite the heavy workload in the past weeks, when Lazio must defend their top-4 positioning.
Serie A: Lazio vs Juventus – Prediction and Betting Tips
Find out the possible starting lineups of Lazio and Juventus, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
Lazio achieved back-to-back wins over Juventus for the first time since 2009 and as we’ve already mentioned, Max Allegri simply can’t afford to lose another duel to Simone Inzaghi.
The Roman Eagles will be pretty much exhausted playing their fourth match for a 10-day period, which can be Allegri’s trump against the former Lazio striker. In fact, we don’t have betting odds valued 2.38 (69/50) to bet on Juventus in Serie A that often, so we will definitely take advantage of the suggested price.
Final conclusion and Prediction
Now is the right moment to remember that Juve have won 9 in a row in the Calcio and the Bianconeri have kept a clean sheet in 15 of their last 16 domestic games. The only exception was a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona in the last 2017 fixture, when Martin Caceres, who now plays for Lazio, scored in Wojciech Szczesny’s net.
In conclusion: we recommend betting on the away side as the Bianconeri are capable to record another important victory during their Scudetto race with Napoli – Juventus to win against Lazio (1X2 Betting).
Possible Starting Lineups of Lazio and Juventus
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico “, Rome.
Referee: Luca Banti.
SS Lazio: Thomas Strakosha – Stefan de Vrij, Wallace, Stefan Radu – Dusan Basta, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo, Lucas Leiva, Senad Lulic – Luis Alberto – Ciro Immobile. (3-5-1-1)
Missing players: Adam Marusic is suspended.
Juventus FC: Gianluigi Buffon – Stephan Lichtsteiner, Medhi Benatia, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi – Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Mattia De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado, Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain are all injured.