Juventus and Lazio are in the last Coppa Italia quarterfinals, and these two units meet on Thursday night at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Things aren’t good for the hosts, who faced a fine due to some financial malversation. They are now sitting in the middle of the Serie A standings, with several players close to leaving the club. The Coppa Italia trophy would be a perfect way of saving the season, and that’s why the Old Lady focuses on this matchup 100%. Lazio is on the rise, and the Eagles have been playing pretty good football in the past few weeks.
Juventus (+110) collapsed against Monza at home this weekend in a Serie A clash that saw the Old Lady losing 0-2. This event comes days after Juve’s win over the same rivals in Coppa Italia. This competition is the way out for Allegri and his players, who find themselves in a very difficult position.
A few of them are apparently finishing negotiations with other teams and are close to changing the location, which increases the negative atmosphere among the fans, and in the locker room.
In four of the previous events, Juve couldn’t keep a clean sheet, and in three, they would allow at least two goals. The offense, on the other side, isn’t that bad, and it usually scores, but often not enough to cover up the mess in the back line.
Lazio (+175) didn’t lose in the past five games, having three wins and two ties, and in general, the Eagles are improving as time goes by. Ciro Immobile didn’t play in recent matches, yet Sarri’s crew managed to end up unbeaten and collect plenty of points thanks to teamwork.
The team from Rome beat Sassuolo on the road and Bologna and AC Milan at home, not allowing a single goal in these three events while getting out with ties against Empoli and Fiorentina also at home.
The majority of Lazio’s away games this year have been with either two or three goals, meaning it was a moderate efficiency. To be precise, in the past five outings, one didn’t end like that.
McKennie left Turin for Leeds. Vlahovic’s status is still uncertain, but we should see him in the lineup while Cuadradi, Chiesa, and Bonucci stand as questionable before this affair.
Apart from Immobile, who probably won’t be in the starting lineup but will be in the protocol, all other players are ready to play.
Head to Head Games
The only game between these two teams since the start of this campaign was in November at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Back then, the hosts were ruthless, beating the rivals 3-0.
Juve and Lazio want to win here and aim to do it in 90 minutes. Juventus is in problems, but be sure that Allegrin puts all his focus on Coppa Italia and sees this competition as a way of saving the season. Lazio and Sarri know that their way of making a notable result is also through Cup, so they, too, have high ambitions here. Because of this, we believe both teams to score is the best pick. We’ll see both teams going out to beat the rivals, and since they have far better attacks than the defenses, goals on both ends are the best possible pick here.
Pick: Both teams to score -110
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