Lazio vs Juventus preview, predicted XI, team news and more
Lazio welcome second-placed Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico as they look to get the better of the reigning champions and kick them while they are down after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo last time around. I Biancocelesti are unbeaten in the league since September 25th and are up against a side that hasn't tasted defeat this Serie A campaign. Ahead of this showdown, the Roman club has been in a rich vein of form, winning six games in a row and scoring 15 goals in these victories.
The home side has a top-four ambition this season and a win against I Bianconeri will prove they mean business. The visitors find themselves dethroned from the No.1 spot by Inter Milan in the league standings and they would be looking to get back to winning ways following last week's draw.
Lazio vs Juventus Head to Head
Third-placed Lazio head into the game with of a six-game win streak in the league. Also they are unbeaten on home turf since 5th May in league fixtures. Juventus have emerged victorious in five of the seven away games this term and are the only undefeated team in the Italian top-flight so far.
The Old Lady have emerged victorious on their last seven visits to Lazio in all competitions, while the hosts have beaten their Turin based rivals just once in the last 16 meetings in all competitions.
Lazio form guide: W-W-W-W-W
Juventus form guide: D-W-W-W-W
Lazio vs Juventus Team News
Giorgio Chiellini is a long-term absentee, having been out of action since September, following knee surgery. Midfielder Sami Khedira also underwent knee surgery and will be out for three months, as the club recently confirmed. Summer signing Adrien Rabiot remains on the sidelines on account of a groin injury.
To add to Maurizio Sarri's woes, Aaron Ramsey also picked up an injury during training and looks on the verge of missing out on the weekend's fixture. Douglas Costa returned to training but remains a doubt for the match.
Injuries: Giorgio Chiellini (knee), Sami Khedira (knee), Adrien Rabiot (groin)
Doubtful: Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Douglas Costa (thigh)
Lazio vs Juventus Predicted XI
Juventus Predicted XI: Wojciech Szczesny; Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Rodrigo Bentancur, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Gonzalo Higuain; Federico Bernardeschi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Lazio vs Juventus Prediction
Lazio is one of the most in-form teams not only in Italy but across Europe and they have been absolutely lethal in front of the goal. Ciro Immobile is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career and on his day, looks unstoppable.
Juventus have managed to remain unbeaten thus far, but the goals have been far and between. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't been at his best this season and Sarri is yet to find his best front three.
No draw has been registered in the previous twelve clashes between the sides and Juventus have been the dominant side in the meetings. They seem to have the knack of upping their game when they need to and perform well in the big games.
Verdict: Lazio 1-2 Juventus