Juventus VS Lazio Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 20 Nov 2021
Lazio have been slow off the blocks under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri. The Biancocelesti have won just six of their opening 12 Serie A fixtures, with defensive frailties proving to be their undoing. However, the third-best attacking unit in Serie A has helped them rise to fifth in the standings, and a top-four battle seems to be awaiting them this season.
On the other hand, Juventus have somehow tailed off despite the return of Massimiliano Allegri. While the Bianconeri have a perfect record in the UEFA Champions League, they have won only five of their first 12 games in Serie A. As a result, they are already a staggering 14 points adrift of Napoli and AC Milan, with a title tilt appearing unlikely as things stand.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-1 draw between Lazio and Juventus, as Felipe Caicedo scored in injury time to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo’s 15th minute strike. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
The Biancocelesti have also conceded at least once in their last 16 home games versus the Old Lady, representing their longest streak without a clean sheet against any opponent in the top flight.
While Sarri’s men have also been unpredictable in the current campaign, they do remain unbeaten at home since the start of the calendar year, and have accumulated the joint-highest tally of points on home soil this term.
Their most recent success at Stadio Olimpico – a fifth league win from six attempts – came at the expense of Salernitana just before the international break, when Lazio crushed the southern strugglers 3-0, thanks to goals from Ciro Immobile, Pedro and Luis Alberto.
Though Immobile is one of only four players already with at least 10 goals in the top five European leagues this season – along with Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Mohamed Salah – the Aquile hitman may still be sidelined this week, so others would have to step up to the plate in his absence.
As Lazio seek to seal a club record 17th win at their Roman stronghold during 2021 – which would beat a previous best total set back in 1950 – they will hope a positive result can set them up for a week in which they face a crucial Europa League tie at Lokomotiv Moscow, before visiting Napoli next weekend.
Juventus may have had the whip hand over their Roman rivals in recent seasons but are perhaps at their most vulnerable at the moment, after another sticky spell to end October derailed their hopes of making up ground on the Serie A leaders.
Distant dreams of a Scudetto challenge all but evaporated with back-to-back defeats against mid-ranking Sassuolo and Verona, and Max Allegri’s side sit a remarkable 14 points off the top of the table, despite a last-gasp victory just before top-flight football was paused for World Cup qualifying.
Nikola Milenkovic’s sending-off for Fiorentina proved pivotal in the closing stages of the match, as former Viola winger Juan Cuadrado found the net with a clinical 91st-minute strike that helped Juve into the relative respectability of eighth place.
Having confirmed their qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League just days before, the Bianconeri are again hoping they have finally found the right recipe for success, as Allegri attempts to regain his golden aura at the club he led to numerous trophies during his first spell.
After a protracted period marked by injuries and illness, Paulo Dybala is among those trying to rebuild their reputations at the Turin club, and the diminutive Argentina forward has scored more times (11) against Lazio than any other player during his stay in Italy. With three goals and as many assists so far this season, Dybala has almost matched his tally of last term, so will surely target more at the home of his favourite opponents.