Serie A: All You Need To Know About Juventus vs Lazio Game
Date: 14 October 2017
Time:8.45 p.m. CET (7.45 p.m. BST/2.45 p.m. EDT) , 9:00 pm (IST)
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
TV Info: Sky Sports 5 (U.K.) BeIn Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K.) BeIn Sports Connect (U.S.), jio tv
Serie A returns with a bang after the International break as champion Juventus prepare to face Lazio at Turin Stadion.
One of the historical clashes of the Italian football set his place with Juventus facing its first ever gigantic tester of the season in the form of high flying Lazio in the venue which the old lady of Turin wish to narrow the gaps with league toppers Napoli who are undefeated in the season.
The team which secured their fifth consecutive titles last season made another dream start to the campaign winning six successively before tumbling down to Atalanta resulting in a frustrating 2-2 ending to the game. However they are unshaken in their home ground undefeated since 2015 campaign causing a 38 matches undefeated run in the process. Juventus are quite favourable to destroy Lazio at home but are ranted down by the frequent International breaks which made major absentees in the squad due to injury. Even if in doubt, Juventus are helped by the fact that they can welcome back defensive pillar Giorgio Chellini back to full fitness. Chellini featured in the last two Italy’s qualifying fixture against Macedonia, scoring one in that game, and Albania playing every single minute in both these fixtures. Also Paulo Dybala is out of any possible distraction after witnessing such a high drama on the path of qualifying for the World cup as his nation managed to win against Ecuador to book a berth in the competition. Midfield duo Sami Khedira and Marchisio are the one amongst the returners to the squad.
Lazio on the other hand are aided by three victories in a row, a 6-1 thumping of Sassuolo in the last game before the break is to be mention at most. They also had enough time, two weeks rather to prepare for this battle.i Few players from the blue half of the Rome featured for the break with some not given a minute to play. That would turn to be a X factor in the game as Lazio will surely revived stamina and build the potential to upset the giants. That also mean Lazio hold the capabilities to repeat the performance of what they did against the black and whites in the Supercoppa Italiana before the season started. Lazio put their one of the best commitment on the pitch cancelling early blows to slew their opposition 3-2 to get hold of the major trophy. Ciro Immobile was unearthly in that particular clash and he will be the one to determine another glory story for his club this weekend. Lazio would also look up to Marco Parolo to look for openings to score.
History says Juventus have dominated this fixture winning 24 of the 46 clashes letting Lazio to awarded with only 10 win and the rest12 matched draw. And they could add more wins to this encounter with attacking prospect Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain and a certain Paulo Dybala to administer the game play. But whatever the result , the atmosphere in the stadium will be stunning as ever. All will be awaiting a fixture that would lit up goals in ups and downs sequences of the game.
Juventus welcome back Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira in the midfield would likely to start alongside Bernadeschi.
Lazio remain without Felipe Anderson while defenders Wallace, Basta and Jordan Lukaku are also sidelined.
Predicted Line Up:
Juventus XI (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Buffon; Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic; Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic; Gonzalo Higuain
Lazio XI (3-4-2-1): Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Hoedt; Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Lulic; Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic; Immobile.