Following a summer of change in both dugouts, Lazio and Juventus are still trying to get to grips under new regimes. Maurizio Sarri will take on his former club for the first time since leaving at the end of 2019/20, while Massimiliano Allegri is still attempting to rediscover his golden touch in Turin.
It was a tumultuous 12 months at Juve for Sarri, but the former banker’s focus is now centred in the Eternal City, looking to pick up from where Simone Inzaghi — who joined Inter in the summer — left off at the Stadio Olimpico, and it’s been an interesting start for Biancocelesti in 2021/22 to say the least.
After 12 games, the Rome-based club are currently fifth in the table and looking to end a woeful record against Juve. As it stands, The Old Ladyhave lost only two of their last 33 Serie A games against Lazio, with both of those defeats coming since 2017. Sarri would love to add a third scalp in that time against his old club.
Allegri meanwhile has Juve down in eighth, almost uncharted territory for the Turin club in recent years. They have already lost four games, and the Italian is looking to avoid losing two consecutive Serie A away games for the first time since July 2020 which, incidentally, came during Sarri’s last two league games.
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Lazio vs Juventus: Match Stats
Goals have not been an issue for Lazio this season. Only Inter (29) and Milan (26) have scored more than Sarri’s side (25) this term. Incredibly, they have netted 25 times with an expected goals total of 17.2, which is the best difference so far this season (+7.8). However, Ciro Immobile has been confirmed to sit this one out through injury, so Lazio will have to find another route to goal.
Goals have been an issue for Juventus this season. Allegri’s side have only netted 16 times. For context, Genoa in 17th have netted more (17). In fact, Juventus have netted exactly one goal in their last six league games. The last time they have recorded a longer streak without scoring at least two goals in a single Serie A match was in October 2008 under Claudio Ranieri.
22 Dec 2019 – Juventus 1-3 Lazio – Supercoppa Italiana
07 Dec 2019 – Lazio 3-1 Juventus – Serie A
The notable result among recent fixtures between these two sides came in December 2019. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 25th minute for Sarri’s men, before the capital club rallied, restoring parity on the stroke of half time through Luiz Felipe, before goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Felipe Caicedo confirmed a rare 3-1 win.