Juventus – Lazio: Preview & Prediction
After three matches abroad, the Italian Super Cup is again set in the country. The Olympic stadium in Rome will be the venue this Sunday, August 13, of the match that faces the winner of the Italian Championship and the Italian Cup. As Juventus holds the title of both tournaments, Lazio, runner-up of the Italian Cup, ‘inherited’ the vacancy. The kickoff is scheduled for 15:45.
Six times Italian champion following, a historical record, Juventus closed the 2016/2017 season with a big disappointment. The final of the League of Campões, a tournament that became obcession for the Turin vicinoes, was unappealably lost to Real Madrid. It took 4 to 1.
The 2017/2018 season also did not start the way expected by the fans. Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves, despite having a contract with the club, asked to leave. It was attended to. Now, defend the Paris Saint-Germain.
The team also lost one of their most important defenders. Absolute holder, Bonucci accepted Milan’s offer. According to the Italian press reports, disciplinary problems caused the club to give up one of its top athletes and allow its transfer to a local rival.
The losses can be even greater. After saying no to powerful Barcelona last season, Argentine striker Paolo Dybala was once again besieged by the Catalan side, who received 220 million Euros for the transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and has his coffers full.
However, at least for the duel this Sunday, Dybala should be at the disposal of coach Massimiliano Allegre. Without the hiring of weight reinforcements, he will have to turn around with the cast of the previous year. To face Lazio, just can not count on the socks Marko Pjaca and Stefano Sturaro, injured. In the preseason, Juve made four friendlies. He won one, drew one and lost two.
Lazio had an impeccable start to the season. Made four friendlies and won all. He passed through Triestina (3 to 0), Spal (2 to 0), Bayer Leverkusen (3 to 1) and Malaga (1 to 0). It gives signs that it can have bigger pretensions than to fight by vacancy in Liga Europa.
In the previous season, the blue and white team of the capital achieved 70 points (21 wins, seven draws and ten losses), finishing fifth. The distance to be traveled to reach the elite squad is still great. Lazio were 16 points behind Napoli, who closed the qualifying round for the Champions League.
The Olympic stadium, which in the decision of the Supercopa is considered neutral and will have split fans, is the place where Lazio sends its games in the Italian Serie A. It was there that the team won 12 of the 19 matches in which it acted as column 1 the previous season with 40 goals and 23.
To face Juve, coach Simone Inzaghi still can not count on his titular goalkeeper. Hurt from the previous season, the experienced Federico Marchetti continues in treatment. So, Thomas Strakosha, who took his place, is still on the team.
Brazilian midfielder Filipe Anderson is doubtful for the match. He suffered muscle aches and was saved from the last friendly of the preseason. It still depends on a n ova evaluation of the medical department to know if it will be available to the technician.
History of the matches Juventus vs Lazio
Juventus have won their last seven matches against Lazio, including three meetings last season. For the Italian Championship, scored 1 to 0 (away) and 2 to 0 (home). For the Italian Cup in Turin, again won 2-0. Lazio did not have the best in the duel since 2013, when they scored 2-1 in a match for the Italian Cup.
In the Supercup in Italy, Juve has the chance to isolate itself as the biggest winner. He currently shares that condition with Milan, who won the title last year. Each one has seven trophies. The Turin team has also participated in five other decisions, including that of the 2016/2017 season. Lazio played six finals. Won half. The most recent one in 2009. His last participation was in 2015, when he was beaten by Juventus.
Juventus – Lazio: Betting Tips
Juventus win – Odds: 1.80
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 2.00