The league leaders are warm favourites to enjoy a home victory in this Coppa Italia semi-final first leg match but Willie Duncan believes that a shock could be on the cardsItalian champions Juventus will continue their quest for further silverware when they play host to Vladimir Petkovic’s Lazio side in what promises to be an intriguing Coppa Italia semi-final first leg clash in Turin on Tuesday night.
Antonio Conte’s men warmed up for this meeting with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of Udinese at the weekend and Juventus are available at just 4/7 (1.57) with Bet365 to take a step towards the final by defeating Lazio here.
Petkovic’s side were held by Palermo at the weekend but have not lost in any competition since slipping to defeat against Catania at the beginning of November.
They are available at a tempting 5/1 (6.0) with Bet365 to take victory in Turin with the same firm offering 11/4 (3.75) that the match ends in a draw.
Juventus were beaten in last year’s final by Napoli and Bet365 go just 4/9 (1.44) for Conte’s men to take their place in this year’s final while Lazio are available at 13/8 (2.63) with the same firm to qualify for the final.
It is worth noting that Petkovic’s men have kept five clean sheets in their last eight competitive matches and are capable of keeping things tight against a Juventus side that has won just one of their last four matches inside 90 minutes.
With that in mind, the 19/20 (1.95) on offer from Bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored looks to represent decent value and could be worthy of support.
Both sides are likely to be missing key protagonists for this clash but it is the home side that appear to be most hampered by injury and the 7/5 (2.40) on offer from Bet365 for Lazio (+1) in the handicap market is outstanding value and simply must be snapped up here.
With just five points separating the two clubs at the top of Serie A, the disparity in match odds seems disproportionate and the draw, available at 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365, is superb value here in what promises to be an evenly-matched contest.
|Lazio (+1) to win at 7/5 (2.40) with Bet365
||Draw at 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365
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