Juventus vs Lazio preview

October 12, 2017
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Lazio vs Juventus previewHaving suffered the first setback of the campaign against Atalanta, Juventus will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face high-flying Lazio.

The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, have a chance to reaffirm their title ambitions by winning in Turin, so this promises to be quite an interesting affair.

For the first time in a while, it seems that the Serie A title chance will not be a walk in the park for Juventus, who now sit two points behind leaders Napoli.

The Bianconeri were pretty impressive in the opening exchanges, recording six straight wins, but the excellent run came to an end in Bergamo.

Juventus did well to score two early goals against Atalanta, but then went on to concede two, with Paulo Dybala missing a penalty that would have sealed the win for his side.

The Bianconeri will now be under pressure against the team that defeated them in the Italian Super Cup two months ago, but they have been made 1.55 (11/20) favourites to claim maximum points.

The good news is that Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio are back in contention, but Miralem Pjanic, Benedikt Howedes, Mattia De Sciglio and Marko Pjaca remain sidelined.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Buffon – Lichtsteiner, Rugani, Chiellini, Alex Sandro – Khedira, Matuidi – Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic – Higuain.

Lazio have been making steady progress under Simone Inzaghi and they seem determined to play an important role in what should prove one of the most interesting Serie A campaigns yet.

Even if the Italian Super Cup doesn’t have such a big importance, the 3-2 triumph over reigning champions Juventus must have served as a major confidence boost ahead of the new league championship.

Lazio in turn went on to take 16 points from first 7 matches, climbing to fourth in the league standings, and further improving the atmosphere in the squad.

Two Europa League wins were an added bonus, and not even a serious injury crisis could derail the Biancocelesti’s bid for success this season.

Even with quite a few first team players missing, Lazio enjoyed resounding victories over Zulte-Waregem and Sassuolo, and they are now priced at 6.00 (5/1) to shock Juventus in Turin.

Senad Lulic is rated doubtful with a muscle problem, but Dusan Basta, Felipe Anderson, Jordan Lukaku, Wallace and Bastos are definitely out.

Probable starting line-up (3-4-2-1): Strakosha – Patric, de Vrij, Radu – Marusic, Lucas Leiva, Parolo, Lulic – Luis Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic – Immobile.

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