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  • December 12, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 20098
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Serie A Preview: Juventus - Lazio

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Lazio

The Bianconeri have rejuvenated themselves and are fighting for the Scudetto. But so are Lazio...

Trimming The Gap

Juventus may not be a formidable force in Serie A yet and for the second season in a row have made a disappointing exit from European competitions, but the Bianconeri have been a consistent machine in the league. Having mustered 27 points from 15 games, Luigi Del Neri's side are third in the standings, six points behind leaders Milan.

Having gone 15 competitive matches unbeaten, the Old Lady have rejuvenated themselves and are increasingly looking genuine Scudetto challengers. Last weekend Juve produced some wonderful football to defeat Catania 3-1 in Sicily in what was the hosts' first home defeat in the league in a year.

Juventus are also the division's top scorers with 29 goals and have found the target 17 times in seven matches at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino. Having lost just one of those home matches, the Bianconeri will head into Sunday night's fixture in Turin basking in hope and optimism.

The Fairytale Continues


Lazio were struggling against the drop in Serie A for much of last season but things couldn't be more different this campaign. Having garnered 30 points from 15 matches, Edy Reja's side currently find themselves second in the table, just a win away from catching leaders Milan at the top.

Last week the Aquile registered a comprehensive and morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Italian and European champions Inter at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and extended their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions. It allowed them to keep Milan in sight and exhibit their ability to win against the big boys.

This Sunday evening the Biancocelesti will have Juventus to contend with and that too in Turin, but with a strong away form they shouldn't be scared. Having picked up 13 points from a possible 21 on the road, conceding just five in the process, Lazio will travel to Turin full of confidence in the knowledge that they do have the quality to defeat their more illustrious rivals.

TEAM NEWS

Juventus


Buffon, Rinaudo, De Ceglie, Martinez and Amauri will miss the visit of Lazio because of injuries. Del Neri will deploy a straightforward 4-4-2 system that will have Iaquinta and Quagliarella as the two centre-forwards.

Lazio

Meghni and Garrido are injured and will miss the trip to Turin. Radu is suspended. Edy Reja is likely to opt for a 4-1-3-1 formation that will have Floccari as the main targetman with Mauri, Hernanes and Zarate as the three attacking midfielders behind him.

Players to watch

F. Quagliarella

Position: Attacker

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Fabio Quagliarella is in terrifying form at the moment and scored twice against Catania last weekend. The Italy international hitman has settled smoothly into life at one of Europe's biggest and most famous clubs and his runs and shooting skills will be crucial in eking out a win for the Bianconeri.

M. Zárate

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Mauro Zarate was on target for Lazio in their 3-1 victory over Inter and has found the net three times already in the league and has also provided two assists. The 'Zarate Kid' is back to his old best and against a Juve backline that still continues to concede goals, the Argentine will be keen to add to his tally.

Editor's Prediction

This promises to be a tactical and interesting match with both sides equally capable of winning. Juve have a strong form at home but Lazio are no pushovers on the road. A draw seems to be the most likely outcome.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Juventus

Lazio

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
Draw
SS Lazio LAZ
SS Lazio Lazio
60%
18%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Juventus FC JUV
2 - 1
SS Lazio LAZ
Juventus FC JUV
2 - 0
SS Lazio LAZ
Juventus FC JUV
9 - 9
SS Lazio LAZ

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