Juventus kick off the new season aiming to add to their Serie A and Coppa Italia titles last term. Having won the domestic double for three straight years, they wanted to add the Champions League to that in June, but the Old Lady lost 4-1 to Real Madrid. Their hopes of going one better in Europe have been dealt a blow after selling Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan, but how will that effect the champions against Lazio this weekend?
Lazio have only made it to the Super Cup because they lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve last season. That defeat was one of many for Lazio, who have now lost their last seven meetings with Juventus. While losing Bonucci was a blow, it’s hard to see how that will affect the outcome of this clash, given the Old Lady’s great record against the Biancocelesti.
Lazio lost to nil in four of their six meetings with the top three last season, which ultimately cost them a Champions League place. Their scoring record against Juventus is even worse, having lost to nil in seven straight meetings with Juve. We struggle to see the Biancocelesti getting anything out of this game, it seems like this will be another loss to nil for the underdogs.
After winning 76% of their league games last season, we think it’s worth backing Juventus at 4/5 with bet365 to win this game. We’re also going with a win to nil for the Italian champions, given their brilliant record against Lazio. Having won and kept a clean sheet in 47% of their league matches last season, we think that bet is overpriced at 2/1 with bet365. With four of the last seven clashes between them finishing 2-0 to Juventus, we are also backing that as a final score here at 7/1 with bet365.
One man to keep an eye on here is Gonzalo Higuain, who has a brilliant record against Lazio. He’s made 14 career appearances against the Biancocelesti, winning 10 of them. Not only that, but the forward has hit 13 goals in those 14 games, making him the clear favourite to score any time here. We’re backing him to find the net in this clash, which can be backed at 21/20 with bet365.
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