Lazio vs Juventus will kick off on Saturday 27th August at 17:00 GMT +1. Lazio will be hosting the match in their stadium, Olimpico. Both sides are looking forward to have a positive season although they’re coming from contrasting seasons. Lazio had a disappointing season in which they ended outside the European spots. On the other hand Juventus had another successful season domestically in which they won all trophies available.
Both teams had good starts this season as they managed to win their first league match. Lazio won against Atalanta in a 4-3 win that highlighted both their scoring capabilities and their defensive woes. A 3-0 advantage was not enough to put their mind at rest as Atalanta managed to close the gap three times. Juventus had a more solid start as they managed a 2-1 against a strong Fiorentina side. The match also served as a presentation platform for their new big money signing, Gonzalo Higuain, as he scored the winner for Juventus.
Lazio will be able to field their strongest eleven as Felipe Anderson has returned back from Brazil where he has represented his nation in the Olympics. Juventus will still be missing long term injured Claudio Marchisio but should be able to field Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain from the first minute as their condition has improved. Pjanic did not play against Fiorentina as a preventive measure to avoid risking an injury following a light knock he had received the previous week whilst Higuain did not start the match as he was still far from being fit for 90 minutes.
Lazio and Juventus will enter the match eager to put on display their capabilities. Juventus may have more pressure on them following their big summer spending but they are definitely the strongest side both technically and mentally. It still has to be seen if playing at home will be an advantage for Lazio as their supporters are still protesting against club president, Claudio Lotito. That said, Juventus are by far the strongest side and anything apart from a Juventus win would surprise us. We expect Juventus to win with a two goal margin with our prediction being a 3-1 win for Juventus.
Foot Odds Prediction: Lazio 1 Juventus 3