Juventus vs Lazio

A place in the Coppa Italia showpiece is up for grabs as Juventus and Lazio square off in the first leg of their mouth-watering semi-final tie at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has come under heavy scrutiny after Adam Marusic’s stoppage-time strike toppled ‘I Bianconeri’ 1-0 at the weekend, tipping the recent H2H stakes in Lazio’s favor (W2, L1). Despite Allegri’s faint effort to defend his squad in the post-match conference, the record-time Italian champions come into this ‘make or break’ tie amidst a severe crisis, having won just one of their last nine Serie A matches (D4, L4). Back-to-back scoring blanks in the lead-up to this contest don’t make for good reading as Juventus aim to get a step closer to winning their first piece of silverware since 2021. Neither does a four-game winless streak (D2, L2), though they can fall back on a rock-solid run of five wins from their last six home H2Hs (D1).

In the meantime, Lazio’s mini-revival since Maurizio Sarri’s abrupt exit has seen them beat Frosinone 3-2 before taking down Juventus with the last kick of the game on Igor Tudor’s touchline debut. Craving revenge for a narrow 1-0 loss in last season’s Coppa Italia quarter-finals, ‘I Biancocelesti’ will hope to make the most out of their first semi-final appearance since 2018/19, when they went on to seize the trophy under Simone Inzaghi’s tutelage. With the visitors looking to build a head of steam ahead of next weekend’s Derby della Capitale against Roma, ending an underwhelming seven-game winless run in Turin would be a substantial confidence boost (D1, L6). But they must shore up their defensive gaps to make it happen, having capitulated multiple times across their last three competitive road trips (W1, L2).

Latest News
See all
Lazio vs Juventus
April 23, 2024

Stadio Olimpico forms the backdrop for the return leg of a mouth-watering Coppa Italia semi-final tie between Lazio and Juventus,…

Arsenal vs Chelsea
April 23, 2024

Arsenal's pursuit of their first Premier League title in two decades continues at the Emirates Stadium this midweek as they…

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
April 21, 2024

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu sets the stage for the 257th El Clasico as La Liga leader Real Madrid and reigning champions…