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Match Preview: Lazio look to turn things around under new coach Igor Tudor as they host Juventus

Lazio will be looking to bounce back from a difficult week when they host Juventus on Saturday. The Biancocelesti have lost their last three home games and are without their all-time leading goalscorer Ciro Immobile, who was assaulted by fans in the street last week.

Despite the turmoil off the field, Lazio managed to secure a vital 3-2 win over Frosinone before the international break to keep their hopes of European qualification alive. They will be hoping to build on that momentum under the guidance of new coach Igor Tudor, a former Juventus defender.

Tudor’s first task will be to stop the bleeding at home. The defeat to Udinese in their last match at the Stadio Olimpico was their third consecutive home defeat, which is the first time that has happened since 2007. With six defeats in their last nine home league games, the Biancocelesti are on the verge of losing four consecutive home league matches for the first time since 1961 if they cannot turn things around in this game!

Juventus are also in need of a turnaround as they have not scored in their last three league games. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have only taken seven points from their last seven Serie A matches due to their lack of goals in front of goal. And that could continue here as Juventus’ top scorer Dušan Vlahović was sent off in their last game and will miss this match.

Without a win in their last three away league games (1 draw, 2 defeats), Juventus’ strong run of six wins in seven away games (1 draw) has come to an end in recent times. At least they have a habit of getting off to fast starts as the Bianconeri have only conceded the first goal in five of their last 14 away league matches, salvaging four points in those situations (1 win, 1 draw, 3 defeats).

Key players to watch: Taty Castellanos has scored two goals after the break in his last game. And three of his four goals for Lazio this season have come in the second half. Adrien Rabiot has scored and assisted in both of the previous meetings. Four of his last six goals for Juventus have come before the break.

Hot stat: There has been a half-time draw in ten of Lazio’s 14 home league matches this season (HT scores: 2 wins, 2 defeats).

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