Juventus vs Lazio – Betting Preview
In addition to being hammered by erstwhile title rivals Napoli and losing to promoted Monza for the second time this season in a disastrous month for the Turin club, Juventus was also recently handed a significant points deduction by the FIGC (Italian Football Federation).
Following Sunday’s home loss to the Biancorossi, Max Allegri’s team is now sitting in an unusual 13th place in the table, 14 points below the top six and even farther behind local rivals Torino. In fact, Monza, who made their Serie A debut, passed them by winning 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium on the strength of two unanswered first-half goals.
Juve’s sole chance to salvage some pride from a disastrous season may thus lie in the cups. They are also scheduled to face Nantes in the knockout stages of the Europa League after humiliatingly exiting the Champions League at its group stage.
The 14-time Coppa Italia champions defeated Monza 2-1 at home to get to the quarterfinals of this year’s edition. Federico Chiesa scored his first goal following a protracted injury layoff!
Now, Juventus will want to give their dissatisfied fans something to rejoice about on Thursday, when they can set up a semi-final matchup against either Inter or Atalanta by defying recent form to beat Lazio.
Although Fiorentina earned a 1-1 draw in Rome as Nicolas Gonzalez cancelled out Nicolo Casale’s first-ever Serie A goal, the Biancocelesti are still 15 points ahead of Juventus in the rankings and are still in the running to return to the top four teams in Calcio.
After humiliating struggling Scudetto holders Milan last week, they are now looking to capitalise on the momentum that Sarri has created, and the cup tournaments present new prospects for triumph in February.
Lazio, like Juventus, received a bye into the Coppa’s round of 16, where they defeated Bologna with a goal from Felipe Anderson in the first half.
The capital club will now look to end a frustrating run in the domestic cup quarterfinals this week. Despite winning the Coppa Italia six times in the last 25 years, their most recent triumph came in 2019 and they have lost in the last eight of all three editions since.
They will soon face CFR Cluj in the Europa Conference League.
1×2 Betting Odds
Juventus have gone 18 games without losing at home in the Coppa Italia, while Lazio have preserved 11 clean sheets in the first half of a Serie A season for the first time in 50 years.
Despite turbulent recent form, it is still the home side who are the favourites to win @ 2.18.
The Old Lady’s former boss may cause additional pain to his former employers and depart Turin with the reward of a semi-final spot if Sarri and Allegri engage in a cagey duel between their opposing approaches.
Lazio will feel full of confidence over here, but the market still deems them as the underdogs in this @ 3.98.
The possibility of a draw and that this goes to extra time, stands @ 3.48.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.18.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.84.
Well the market expect this one to be a cagey affair between the two sides, with Juventus favourites to edge this one!
Do not expect too many goals in this, instead expect a tight contest with fine margins!