The Old Lady of Turin may currently find herself ten points behind league leaders Napoli, but this season is far from over.
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By the time Juventus had made light work of Inter last Sunday, it also meant a fourth successive win in Serie A. Fast forward another four days and a quartet of league victories had been converted to a quintet.
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If the win over Simone Inzaghi’s men can be considered rather routine, Thursday’s efforts would have to be considered more arduous. Just a single goal would be the difference as the Turin outfit edged past Verona at their Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium.
A 1-0 win in the home of the Montagues and the Capulets. While a 1-0 win was also recorded at the home of Colosseum that same evening and as luck should have it, it is Juventus and Lazio who square off this weekend.
Lazio’s own win on Thursday was one that thrust them into second place in Serie A. With Milan dropping points at Cremonese two days earlier, it is now Maurizio Sarri’s men who are the closest challengers to Napoli.
However, it is only goal difference that separates Lazio and Milan in second and third respectively. While more importantly, the margin of deficit between Napoli and the pair mentioned above currently stands at eight points.
A margin that although not insurmountable can surely not get any greater before the World Cup break – especially as the league leaders have only dropped four points thus far and will look to enter the hiatus as the only unbeaten side in the division.
Which is why the meeting of Juventus and Lazio is a must win encounter for both outfits. The same could also have been said for the former’s meeting with Inter a week prior and it was the Old Lady who spoke loudest that evening.
Of course, the return of Sarri to the Allianz Stadium must be considered more than just a subplot and after winning the last of Juventus’ nine successive Scudetto crowns in 2020, he will go up against the man who won numbers four through to eight.
If Max Allegri can get one over his managerial counterpart, it will guarantee Juve a top three berth before the extended international hiatus. Should that be the case, they will then have to be near perfect to mount a genuine title challenge.
Now though, they just need to perfect against their Roman invaders and although both teams have kept clean sheets in recent weeks, this is rarely the case when these two outfits go to war. Which is why the both teams to score market has caught my eye.
Not only that, but with Juventus’s run of league victories now standing at five, a sixth successive win and both teams finding the net is of most appeal to me before kick-off. While it should be appealing to you as well at odds of 3/1.
In addition to this, I have also used my head for my second tip, and I hope Dusan Vlahovic does as well. If he finds the scoresheet and helps his team to an important victory, a headed goal is currently priced at 16/1 and with his aerial prowess in the final third, this is a very tempting price.