In a game that looked set to be the title decider just a few short weeks ago, Juventus can now move a whopping 11 points clear of Lazio with a win on Monday night.
When football returned, Lazio and Juventus were separated by a solitary point. Since then Simone Inzaghi’s side have lost four out of seven games and are coming off a run of four games without a win. Juventus has capitalised on this form with a couple of important wins – despite coming into this game on the back of a defeat and two draws.
When is Kick Off? Monday 20 July
What Times is Kick Off? 20:45 (BST)
Where is it Played? Allianz Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports
Lazio go into this game with a host of injury concerns. Adam Marusic, Senad Lulic, Stefano Radu and Joaquin Correa will all miss the game through injury, while Luca Leiva is a serious doubt for the encounter. On top of injuries, Patric is due to miss the game through suspension for biting an opponent (yes, really).
Juventus are without Federico Bernardeschi through suspension, while Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira are both out with thigh injuries.
Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Costa, Dybala, Ronaldo.
Lazio: Strakosha; Felipe, Acerbi, Bastos; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Alberto, Jony; Caicedo, Immobile.
Lazio’s form has fallen off a cliff since the restart, as they haven’t won since the 2-1 win at Torino. This poor run of form has seen them fall down to fourth place, despite looking like a serious candidate for the title earlier in the campaign.
Juventus have also stuttered recently, failing to win any of their last three games. Even with this poor run of form though, the Turin-based side sit six points clear of Inter in second. A win over Lazio could see them move closer to a ninth-consecutive Serie A title.
Here’s how both teams have done in their last five games.
Sassuolo 3-3 Juventus (15/07)
Juventus 2-2 Atalanta ( 11/07)
Milan 4-2 Juventus (07/07)
Juventus 4-1 Torino (04/07)
Genoa 1-3 Juventus (30/06)
Udinese 0-0 Lazio (15/07)
Lazio 1-2 Sassuolo (11/07)
Lecce 2-1 Lazio ( 07/07)
Lazio 0-3 Milan (04/07)
Torino 1-2 Lazio (30/06)
Both teams come into this without a win in a surprisingly long time. Juventus are conceding goals at an alarming rate, while Lazio are struggling to score.
It’s really tough to call a winner in this game, so for that reason it’ll probably be a draw.
Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Lazio