Juventus vs. Lazio 7/20/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Juventus 24-5-4, Lazio 21-6-6
7/20/20 3:45 pm
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Juventus is hosting Lazio at Allianz Stadium in a derby match of round 34 in Italian Serie A.
After 4 straight wins in Serie A after its restart, Juventus hasn’t won any of their last 3 games, and they have been struggling in the defensive end. During this negative stretch, Juventus has scored 7 goals, but they have conceded 9 goals, which is an average of 3 conceded goals per game. Juventus is still at the top of Serie A with 77 points, but Atalanta is now only 6 points away in second place. Juventus is struggling, and they need a change, which was announced this week and at least 6 players are on the transfer list after the season is over. One transfer has already been confirmed, and that is Pjanic to Barcelona, while Arthur will come to Juventus. Juventus has scored 70 goals so far this season, which is more than good, but their defense is no longer the best in Serie A, and Juventus has conceded 35 goals so far. In their last Serie A game against Sassuolo on the road, Juventus was put to the test, and they have had only 43% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, and 84% of the correct passes. Juventus had a two-goal advantage early in the game, but Sassuolo reduced that lead to half in the 29th minute. In the second half, Sassuolo has scored 2 goals within 3 minutes, and all of a sudden, Juventus was 3-2 behind. Sandor has toed the score in the 54th minute, and the final result was 3-3. Ronaldo has scored 28 goals this season, and he is now only 1 goal away from Immobile from Lazio, while Dybala added 11 goals. Khedira and De Sciglio are both injured, while Bernardeschi is suspended because of the yellow cards. It’s clear as a day that Juventus has problems, and unfortunately for them, Ronaldo is not the solution. This is probably the most important game of the season for Juventus, but we will see how Juventus will react, and if they were able to maintain good focus and morale.
Lazio has had so many opportunities to catch up to Juventus after the break, but Lazio hasn’t won any of their last 4 games in Serie A. the good news for Lazio is that with a win here, they could come within 5 points from Juventus. Lazio is now in 4th place with 69 points, 68 scored goals, and low 35 conceded goals. It’s absolutely amazing how the top four teams in Serie A are even this season on both ends, with the exception of Atalanta who has scored massive 94 goals so far. Immobile is Lazio’s top goalscorer with massive 29 goals, but he has been struggling as of late, and if he is not scoring, Lazio is not winning. Luis Alberto added 13 assists so far. Lulic, Marusic, Correa, and Leiva are all injured, while Patric is suspended because of the red card. In their last game against Udinese on the road, Lazio was dominant with 58% of ball possession, 5 corner kicks, 87% of the correct passes, but only 2 shots on goal. Lazio has been struggling with ball distribution, and with that Immobile has been struggling with scoring goals. This match ended in a 0-0 draw. Lazio has the ability to slow their opponent with their calm and sometimes boring passing game, and usually that works against the teams that like to have possession, but we will see if it’s going to work against Juventus. Lazio still has good chances to get to the top, but they must get back on the winning track.
The games between Juventus and Lazio are usually exciting and full of fouls and yellow and red cards, and there is no reason to expect this one to be any different. Lazio has had some success against Juventus on the road, and to be honest, a draw doesn’t work for either team here, and for that reason I expect goals.