Prediction and odds for the game: Juventus (8/13) v Lazio (4/1)
We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5
When: Monday, 20th July 2020, Kick-off 20:45
Where: The Allianz Stadium
On Monday night, Juventus host Lazio at the Allianz Stadium, in what could be a vital Serie A game in the race for the Scudetto.
Reigning champions Juventus look to be closing in on yet another Scudetto. The Bianconeri are six points clear at the top of the table before Sunday’s game, eight points clear of fourth-place the visitors. With second-place Atalanta in good form, Maurizio Sarri’s team cannot afford too many mistakes for the remainder of the season.
A recent three-game winless run in the Italian top-flight has created slight doubts about the Bianconeri’s chances of a winning a ninth straight Scudetto. Sarri’s team threw away a comfortable lead in a 3-3 draw against Sassuolo last time out. The game also saw Juventus concede at least two goals for a third straight Serie A match.
One facet of Juventus’ play that has been positive of late has been their prolific efforts, scoring at least two goals in each of their last seven league games.
The Bianconeri are unbeaten on home soil this season in Serie A, having won 14 of their 16 matches at the Allianz Stadium. They have been prolific on home soil of late, scoring at least two goals in their last ten home matches.
Simon Inzaghi’s team looked to Juventus’ closest challengers for the title before the break in action. However, a recent poor run of form has seen the visitors fall too far off the pace to offer a genuine title challenge. A victory could well damage the home sides chances of retaining the title.
A 0-0 draw at Udinese last time out means that I Biancocelesti are winless in four league outings. The draw at least ended a three-game losing streak for Inzaghi’s team. It also saw an end to a poor run of defensive displays for Lazio, as they have conceded at least two goals in their previous three league matches.
The team from the Italian capital have struggled on their travels in Serie A of late, as they have won just once in their previous four away matches. Their recent league outings on the road have offered decent entertainment value, as four of their last five away games have produced under 2.5 goals.
Both teams head into this clash in poor form, which would have been unexpected a few months ago. It may not be a title decider, but it could still have an impact on the destination of the Scudetto. We are backing a narrow home win, because of Juventus’ strong home form and Lazio’s near-collapse in recent weeks. We also believe this will be a high-scoring encounter, as the two teams are amongst the top scorers in Serie A this season.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 8/13 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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