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Lazio v Juventus: Serie A clash set to be close encounter

| 15.04.2013

Juventus may be the 9/10 favourites for their trip to Lazio but everything is pointing to this being an incredibly close game between the Italian giants.

The visitors are currently leading the way in Serie A and are a massive 20 points ahead of their hosts but, whilst they may be miles apart in terms of league position, they have been far more evenly matched in their recent head-to-head clashes.

They have already played each other on three separate occasions this season, with two of those matches ending in a draw and the other seeing Lazio emerge victorious in a 2-1 Coppa Italia win earlier in 2013.

In fact, only two of their previous 13 meetings have been settled by more than one strike and you have to go back nine games to a 2-0 Juventus win back in 2009 to find the last time it happened.

With that in mind, backing Lazio to win by one goal looks a tempting proposition at 19/4.

However, Juventus have the best away record in the Italian top tier and have lost just twice on the road this season – narrow 1-0 losses against AC Milan and Roma.

With Lazio losing two of their last five home games and conceding at least one in four of those matches, a better punt would be to back the Old Lady to come through and pick up three points.

Juventus are currently 11/4 to win by one goal while a 1-0 win (as they have managed at Lazio in each of the past two seasons) is available at a pretty meaty 6/1.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Richard Anderson