While the Bianconeri lost the cup final in extra time on Wednesday, following a dismal Serie A loss at Genoa, their opponents have won back-to-back games to keep their European qualifying hopes alive.
- Max Allegri has a handful of previously unavailable players at his disposal. Manuel Locatelli returns after missing the last five league games, Luca Pellegrini has recovered from an ankle ailment, and fellow full-back Mattia De Sciglio has returned after serving a Coppa Italia ban.
- Weston McKennie may not be able to return from a long injury layoff in time to play. But he might be back in the fold before the conclusion of the season.
- In attack, Paulo Dybala has nine goals versus Lazio in 15 appearances for Juventus, including one on his debut. No one has scored more goals against the Biancocelesti in all competitions since the start of the 2015-16 season.
- Ciro Immobile of Lazio has only scored four Serie A goals against Monday’s opponents, but three of them have come in his past four appearances at the Allianz Stadium.
- If he can overcome an ankle ailment, he should be partnered by Mattia Zaccagni and Felipe Anderson in an attacking trident.
- Another offensive weapon, experienced winger Pedro, will return to the squad
If Juventus loses against Lazio, it will be only the second time in Serie A that they have taken fewer points at home than on the road, demonstrating their fading image of invincibility in Turin.
Given the position in which their opponents find themselves, the visitors should have little fear of defeat, but their defense is too shaky to ensure anything more than a point.
Our prediction is Juventus 1-1 Lazio.
Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pellegrini; Arthur, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Kean; Vlahovic; Szczesny;
Lazio: Strakosha; Lazzari, Patric, Acerbi, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni;