Juventus vs Lazio: Match Preview, Expected Lineups, Team News

Lazio travel up to Turin to face a lethargic Juventus side on Monday as they close in on a Europa League qualification spot.

The Biancocelesti picked up a confident 2-0 win over Sampdoria at home last week, giving them a much-needed three points as they fight with Roma, Fiorentina and Atalanta for European qualification.

Their victory last weekend means a win over Juventus secures a spot in the Europa League, allowing Maurizio Sarri and his squad to breathe a sigh of relief ahead of the final game of the season against Hellas Verona.

Juventus suffered an excruciating 4-2 Coppa Italia final loss to rivals Inter on Wednesday, so they’ll be a little downcast heading into their final home game of the season, which will also be Giorgio Chiellini’s last match in Turin.

The match between Juventus and Lazio kicks off at 20:45 local time on Monday 16th May at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Juventus vs Lazio: Team News

Massimiliano Allegri still has to manage four absences as the season draws to a close, with long-term injuries keeping Federico Chiesa and Kaio Jorge sidelined. Danilo and Weston McKennie are also set to miss the clash.

Dusan Vlahovic, Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean are all one booking away from picking up a yellow-card suspension.

The only concern for Maurizio Sarri is star striker Ciro Immobile, who is suffering from a  ankle problem. He is not set to be included in the match-day squad.

Luiz Felipe, Adam Marusic and Patric could all miss the season’s final game through suspension if they receive a yellow card in the fixture against the Bianconeri.

Expected Starting Lineups

Allegri is unsure whether to start Giorgio Chiellini or Leonardo Bonucci alongside Matthijs de Ligt in the defence, and Rabiot could start over Manuel Locatelli in the midfield.

Sarri’s most significant doubts revolve around his midfield; Toma Basic and Danilo Cataldi are hoping to muscle their way into the starting lineup, replacing Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva respectively. Pedro may also start over Immobile up front due to the Italian striker’s ankle injury.

Juventus (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; De Sciglio, De Ligt, Chiellini, Pellegrini; Rabiot, Miretti; Cuadrado, Dybala, Morata; Vlahovic.

Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha; Lazzari, Patric, Acerbi, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Pedro, Zaccagni.

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