Lazio v Juventus prediction: Serie A match | 20/11/2021


Lovers of the beautiful game welcome team football with open arms as the best leagues across Europe return from the hiatus imposed by qualifying for the World Cup. There is a lot for fans of the Italian Serie A to get excited about as some of the best teams in the country prepare for Saturday’s action.

The match that caught our attention as we scrolled through the matches was Lazio-Juventus, scheduled for 17:00 GMT. This is a clash that has thrilled football fans as it could have a huge impact on where both teams finish in the Serie A standings this season.

Juventus dominated Italian football for most of a decade and it looked like they would stay there for another 10 years as there were no gaps in their armor. The Old Lady eventually fell out of favor the last time she was seen, only managing to maintain a top four finish and grab Champions League football this time around.

An omnipotent comeback from the former champions was expected, but it has not yet arrived with Juve fighting for the victory. This will give Lazio fans reason to enter this match with confidence, as they hope to see their team use their home advantage to win and attack their battle-weary hosts.

The last game involving these teams was a memorable one for the Juventus fans who rejoiced over a splendid 3-1 victory in March. That accumulated misery in a Lazio that hasn’t won this match since December 2019, a series of almost two years with three games played.

Will the drought end here or will the visiting team continue to find easy points against Lazio? Let’s take a closer look at the stats and form.

Three undefeated hosts

Lazio are fifth in Serie A after a dozen games played. Although they have little chance of fighting for the Scudetto this season, with Napoli and Milan already 11 points clear and showing no signs of slowing down, they can achieve a top-four finish.

A place in the UEFA Champions League next season would give the club a huge boost, especially financially when they return to a stage fans believe they belong to. There is a lot of work to be done before they can play to mix it with the cream of the continent, but the locals are definitely in a strong position and looking good enough to make their dreams come true.

They are unbeaten in their last three league games, taking seven points from the nine at their disposal. This form brought the hosts to within a point of the top four, and ensured confidence in the ranks.

A win over Juventus could help them reach the top spots, but it would also provide a timely moral boost to the whole team and its fans in view of what will be a frenetic championship program between now and the end of the year. There are more than three points up for grabs here.

Lazio won the last league match, beating Salernitana 3-0 here on Sunday 7 November. That was a game. They were favorites to win, but there are no easy games in Serie A this season, so the players deserve all the credit for getting the job done. Lazio kept clean sheets, created many chances and scored three goals.

The level of opposition hasn’t been the highest they will face this season, but this team is capable of shifting gears and fans are thrilled to know there’s more to come.

Visitors need to improve

Juventus seems to have fallen off the cliff. Their decline as they lost their grip on Italian football was not gradual. It was a sharp fall. The fans can be considered quite lucky that Juve have managed to enter the Champions League. However, they lost star Cristiano Ronaldo who went on an exciting return to Old Trafford and Manchester United. What CR7 has left is a club stuck in a transition period and a group of fans who appeared to be in a severe state of shock.

Anything other than the three dots here could lead to escalating turmoil from a group of fans who have grown accustomed to success over the years and, apparently, have forgotten what it’s like not to win everything.

The problems of last season – unless that nice goal to sneak into the top four – have moved this season, and Juve are in eighth position, already 14 points behind leaders Napoli and Milan. They have four points to find to match Atalanta, who are currently fourth in the league.

The squad is struggling over last season’s inconsistencies, with their last five league games reporting two wins, two losses and one draw. The Old Lady has only won one game of her last four, and this is a concern for all concerned.

They followed a draw with consecutive losses, but the reserve win came in their most recent match when they beat Fiorentina 1-0 at home to take the lead in the national team stop. Ju Cuadrado scored the winning goal in that match but came in injury time at the end of the game, with the winning team snatching all three points to death.

They benefited from an extra player after Fiorentina were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute. It wasn’t a convincing victory, but it was a victory and three crucial points.

Prediction Lazio-Juventus

Lazio are ranked slightly higher in the standings than their opponents, have the most recent form and play football better. They launch into this challenge knowing that Juventus are not as strong as two seasons ago or even as dangerous forward as they were last year when Ronaldo was in the squad, but they cannot be canceled.

Lazio are good enough to win this match, but they require their full attention. They cannot afford to look at Juve’s form and take it lightly.

Juventus have shown only glimpses of their true potential this season. They are unlucky and play as a team that feels sorry for itself. It’s troubling, as fans would have liked to have seen more character and fighting spirit from the team under the circumstances.

If we see something similar to Juventus in 2019, they will win this match and also score some goals, but we are not sure if the spirit of 2019 exists these days.

Serie A odds

Lazio is priced at 2,875 with 22bet to win this match, or members can support Juventus at 2,336 for the away win. The tie is trading at 3.6.

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