Serie A enters its second round of fixtures this weekend and the Big Game Focus takes a look at one of the bigger matches, with a helpful betting guide.
Juventus will be looking win their second match in a row when they host Lazio on Saturday. Lazio meanwhile will be hopeful they can put a dent in the Old Lady’s title hopes with an early season blow.
Chievo nearly spoiled the party for Juve as Cristiano Ronaldo made his Serie A debut last weekend after going ahead 2-1 with 16 minutes to play. The Old Lady rallied together to grind out a result and they will surely be hoping to avoid a similar scenario for their first game at the Juventus Stadium of the 2018/19 season.
Lazio lost their first game of the season at home against Napoli and they will want to reverse this trend with a good performance. They have a poor record away to Juventus, but they managed to get a 2-1 win last season. They will be praying for another lucky day this weekend.
Lazio racked up the goals on the road last season, finding the net in 95% of their away games in 2018/19. This is very likely to happen again considering the fact that four out of the last five Serie A outings for both sides have produced goals at both ends. Therefore you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.90 here.
The two sides have already started the season with high scoring encounters and the Old Lady should even be more lethal now that they have Ronaldo in their ranks. Both their opening fixtures saw Over 2.5 Goals scored and we think the same will continue. Backing Over 2.5 Goals promises good value at odds of 1.65 here.
Paulo Dybala’s dramatic winner the last time the two sides met took his tally to ten goals in ten meetings with the Aquile. He makes a hot favourite for our Anytime Goalscorer market and you can back him to do just that at odds of 1.85 here.
Juventus are expected to start with Ronaldo upfront and he will be supported by Dybala alongside Douglas Costa. They will miss the services of their fullbacks Mattia De Sciglio and Leonardo Spinazzola who are out with injuries.
Lazio will miss a number of players due to both injury and suspension but we should expect a good number of the starters from last week to be on the line up. Luiz Felipe is expected to sit out this one due to injury alongside Valon Berisha and Jordan Lukaku.
Possible line ups
Juventus: Szczęsny, Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Costa, Ronaldo.
Lazio: Strakosha, Bastos, Acerbi, Radu, Marusic, Parolo, Badelj, Milinkovic- Savic, Caceres, Immobile, Alberto.