Lazio coach Edy Reja has tipped Juventus to win this season's Serie A title ahead of his side's trip to Turin.
The Bianconeri overtook AC Milan at the summit of the standings over the weekend, moving one point clear of the Rossoneri, who were beaten at home by Fiorentina, thanks to a 2-0 win in Palermo.
Reja has now revealed that he is not expecting Antonio Conte's men to be knocked off their perch as he believes that Juve have an easier run-in than the Rossoneri.
"Looking at the fixture list, I think they’ll stay there right until the end," Reja told reporters on the eve of Lazio's visit to Juventus Stadium.
"I must congratulate Conte, he’s done an extraordinary job. Antonio has given a particular mentality to his team, he’s changed their philosophy and brought in new players. They are Coppa Italia finalists and top of the league."
The Biancocelesti go into the game protecting third place in the table, and the Champions League berth which comes with it. In light of what is at stake for both sides, Reja is anticipating a fiercely competitive encounter.
“It will be a fantastic game against a team enjoying an extraordinary run of form," the former Napoli coach enthused.
"The fixture will be difficult for us, also due to the fact that [Stefan] Radu and [Abdoulay] Konko are out.
"Yet we have other important players possessing both quality and personality.
“Last season saw us lose in the last second, while this year [in Rome] we didn’t deserve to lose considering how we played. I hope this time the fortune goes in our favour.”
Lazio's meeting with Juve in Turin is scheduled to kick off at 20.45CET.