The Allianz Stadium in Turin will be the venue for the crunch clash between the hosts Juventus and visitors Lazia in matchday four of the new Serie A season on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 13:00 GMT.
Juventus’ Unbeaten Start to the Serie A Season
Juventus are unbeaten after three rounds of Serie A fixtures; they have won twice and drawn once in the opening three matches of the season.
They opened the season with a comfortable 0-3 win away to Udinese in matchday one. Juventus controlled the match and shaded possession by 52% to the hosts’ 48%. Crucially, they were clinical in the final third, converting through the returning Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic, and Adrien Rabiot.
Allegri’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Bologna at the Allianz Stadium in matchday tow. Juventus showed character to come from behind to salvage a point through a Dusan Vlahovic strike in the 80th minute.
Before the international break, Juventus took three points in a clash away to Empoli, winning 0-2. Danilo and Federico Chiesa scored the goals that ensured a rather comfortable win for the Old Lady.
Maximiliano Allegri will look to retain his side’s unbeaten record in the league when they welcome Lazio to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.
Lazio’s Poor Form Early in the Season
It has been an underwhelming start to the Serie A season by Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio. They lost the opening two consecutive matches before getting their first points in a win right before the international break.
Opening day saw a disappointing 2-1 loss away to Lecce. Sarri’s men squandered a lead they took in the 26th minute through Ciro Immobile to two late strikes through Pontus Almqvist in the 85th minute and Federico Di Francesco in the 87th minute to give the hosts a win.
Lazio followed the opening day defeat with another underwhelming performance at home to Genoa, losing 0-1 to a Mateo Retegui strike in the 16th minute.
Lazio traveled to the home of the champions, Napoli, needing a win to kickstart their season. They duly got it in dramatic fashion, beating the hosts 1-2 to claim a famous three points.
Maurizio Sarri will hope his side will give another stellar display away to Juventus on Saturday as they look to make it back-to-back Serie A wins.
Maximiliano Allegri will be without Paul Pogba, who has been provisionally suspended for suspected use of a banned substance.
The Old Lady will also be without the services of Federico Gatti and Mattia De Sciglio.
Federico Chiesa will need a late fitness test to gauge his involvement on Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri will be without right winger Cristiano Lombardi, with the 28-year-old sidelined with an unknown injury.
M. Perin; Danilo, G. Bremer, F. Gatti; F. Kostic, A. Rabiot, M. Locatelli, F. Miretti, W. McKennie; F. Chiesa, D. Vlahovic
I. Provedel; E. Hysaj, A. Ramagnoli, N. Casale, A. Marusic; L. Alberto, D. Cataldi, D. Kamada; M. Zaccagni, C. Immobile, F. Anderson
Juventus will look to play at a high tempo and intensity. They will be compact with a back-five when out of possession, making it difficult for Lazio to penetrate behind their defense.
Lazio will play on the front foot. They will press and look to dominate the ball with their three midfielders. Their high intensity and quick passing will be leveraged to create chances in wide areas and through the middle within pockets of space and passing lanes.
Juventus will be favorites to win the home game, given their current form and the fact that they will be playing in front of the home supporters at the Allianz stadium.
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