Preview - Lazio vs Juventus 28 January 19

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Match Day 19
Lazio vs. Juventus
Monday, January 28th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L W W D L
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (11)

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals against per match: 2.05
Average goals against per match: 0.55
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (14)

We have what could well be a cracker at the Stadio Olimpico on Match Day 19 in Serie A as sixth placed Lazio welcome clear league leaders Juventus to Rome. Lazio have slipped two points below the Champion's League positions and will be eager to get back on track. They face a tough task here though against the unbeaten defending champions.

Juventus came out on top in this fixture last season - but only by a narrow 1-0 score line. The Old Lady also won the reverse of this game earlier this season, when seeing off Lazio 2-0 in Turin.

Adam Marusic and Francesco Acerbi are both suspended for Lazio who must also do without Luiz Felipe through injury. Mario Mandzukic, Medhi Benatia, Juan Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli are all out for Juventus.

Lazio have been pretty solid here this season in only losing two of ten - to Napoli and Inter - but three draws in their past four home games will need to be improved upon. Only Inter have managed to keep a clean sheet here this season, but Lazio have kept only two themselves.

Juventus are now unbeaten in 24 in Serie A as their domination of Italian football continues. They have won eight of nine on the road this season, with a 2-2 draw at Atalanta last time out being the only blip on their record. They have scored two or more goals in all bar one of those away games.

This should be a good game and Lazio can be expected to make Juventus work for it, but we do ultimately expect the league leaders to come out on top.

Prediction: Lazio 1 - 2 Juventus


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  9 - 1
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 1
Possession: 46% - 54%

Lucas Leiva and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic were booked for Lazio. Emre Can, Blaise Matuidi, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugiani and Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus all made their way into referee Marco Guida's notebook.

Lazio couldn't really have done too much more here. They may have had less of the ball but they absolutely dominated when it came to efforts on goal and were really most unfortunate to come away with nothing at all. Juventus for their part found a way to win the game 2-1 despite having just the one effort on target.

It was all Lazio in the first half as the home side really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Despite a few decent chances though - and one excellent stop from Wojciech Szczesny - they were unable to find a way through. 0-0 at the break.

The home side did finally take the lead in the 59th minute. A corner from the left-hand side being headed down and into the bottom left corner of his own net by Emre Can.

Juventus's equaliser arrived in the 74th minute. Excellent work down the left-hand side from Federico Bernardeschi before pulling the back to Paulo Dybala. His effort was saved by Tomas Strakosha, but only into the path of Joao Cancelo who finished into the bottom left from the right-hand side of the area.

Then two minutes from time Juventus were given the chance to win it. Cancelo bundled over in the area before the ball had even been played in from the left. Cristiano Ronaldo stepping up to blast into the top left corner. 1-2 final score.

This may well have been Juventus's hardest fought win of the season to date. That's the stuff champion's are made of though and they stretch their lead to the top to a surely insurmountable 11 points. The other results on Match Day 21 just about all went against Lazio who slip all the way down to seventh, but still only three points off the Champion's League positions.

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