Preview - Juventus vs Lazio 26 August 18

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Match Day 2
Juventus vs Lazio
Sunday, August 26th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.63
Top Scorer 17/18: Paolo Dybala (22)

Last five matches form: W D D L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.34
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.29
Top Scorer 17/18: Ciro Immobile (29)

A real cracker to kick off the week 2 action in Serie A as the two top scoring sides from last season face off at the Allianz Stadium. It's a home league debut for Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus take on Lazio.

Juventus began the campaign with a win list week - as many expected that they would - but it was far from plain sailing as they needed a late, late winner to finally see off Chievo. They didn't look their usual impenetrable self at the back that day and it may just take a little time to adjust their style following the addition CR7. Ronaldo for his part didn't manage to score, but got himself into more than enough promising positions to suggest he will be his usual formidable threat in this league.

Lazio had a tough opener at home to Napoli, but were perhaps a little unlucky to come away with nothing in the end against last season's runners up. This looks just as tough though - if not more so. Having said that, they did shock Juve when coming out on top 2-1 in this game last year.

If there was ever a man built for the big occasion it is Cristiano Ronaldo, and make no mistake this will be a big deal to the Portuguese. Expect him to make the difference in a home win.

Prediction: Juventus 3 - 1 Lazio


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  12 - 8
Shots on target: 7 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 56% - 44%

Five bookings in this one. Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa and Emre Can seeing yellow for Juventus and Lazio's Marco Parolo and Sergej Milinkovic Savic also making their way into referee Massimiliano Irrati's notebook.

Following last weekends uncharacteristic defensive showing when needing a last gasp winner to see off lowly Chievo, this was more like what we have come to expect from Juventus. Lazio were the top scoring side in the division last season and yet could manage just the one shot on target in this game as Juventus reimposed their defensive mastery upon Serie A.

The Old Lady took the lead on the half hour mark. A headed clearance falling to Miralem Pjanic around twenty yards from goal. Superb first-time volleyed finish into the bottom right corner from the midfield man.

No goal from Cristiano Ronaldo on his home debut, but he did come to life in the second half. Firstly going close with a driven effort from the edge of the area, and then claiming an assist of sorts in the 75th minute. Looking all set to tap in a low cross for his first goal, he instead got himself in a muddle and could only direct the ball against his own heel. Thankfully for Juventus Mario Mandzukic was on hand to pick up the pieces and fire the ball home. 2-0 final score.

Juventus don't look quite at their best just yet as they continue to adjust to a slightly different system this season. The signs so far have been largely positive though and it seems only a matter of time before they strike the right balance. They look to be the side everyone else has to beat once again.

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