Even if it is not technically a derby, Juventus’s match against Lazio, combined with the other stage match (Napoli v AC Milan), is of special importance. First, Cristiano Ronaldo will make the debut in front of his supporters. Although the victory came late in the match against Chievo, only in the 90th minute, Ronaldo played the entire game, but failed to score. It’s hard to say if Ronaldo’s debut has risen to the expectations.
From what was seen on the field, the Portuguese participated actively in the match, but failed to score decisively. A struggling win against a modest team (Chievo) does not honour Juventus. On the other hand, the introduction of Ronaldo has tactically changed the setting of Juve, so it is possible that Massimiliano Allegri’s new swuad will take some time to function perfectly.
In the match against Lazio, Juventus are favorites.
Lazio comes after a loss at home against Napoli. It is true that for Simone Inzaghi’s boys the beginning of the championship was not an easy one. Playing in the first two stages against two valuable teams is not quite desirable. It is quite possible that Lazio will finish the first two rounds with zero points in the standings, but they will be able to recover afterwards. The title is probably not Inzaghi’s priority for the season that has just begun. A ranking on places that go directly to the Champions League is a more realistic goal.
Statistically speaking, Juventus has the first chance in this match. The Torino team leads 25-6 in direct meetings, 8 matches ending in a draw. Interestingly, last year, Lazio managed to win on Juventus’s home turf (two goals scored by Ciro Immobile), but Juventus took revenge in the return game. For detailed H2H statistics, go here.