There is live action from Italy on Tuesday night as Juventus take on Lazio in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final. Both teams have been enjoying fine seasons so far as Juve sit top of Serie A, while Lazio are just five points behind in third place, although that will count for little when they meet at the Juventus Stadium this week.
The home side start 4/7 odds on favourites for this first match, while Lazio can be backed at 9/2 and the draw is available at 14/5 with Paddy Power. It is a match that has tended to go the way of 'The Old Lady' of Italian football in recent years as Juventus are unbeaten in their last eight against Lazio, including a 0-0 draw on home soil in the league in November.
Six of those eight fixtures have ended with under 2.5 goals and under 2.5 goals could be worth a look at 5/6 on Tuesday, particularly as neither side will want to give an inch in this first leg, while Lazio in particular will want to ensure that they are still in the tie going into the second leg. Lazio have shown that they are capable of grinding out results away from home this term, not least in the Europa League where they held Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Lazio have actually lost only three of 14 games on their travels this season and they go into this game on the back of some exceptional form. The Biancocelesti are unbeaten in their last 15 outings in all competitions, although they could only draw 2-2 at Palermo at the weekend. It was a case of two points dropped on Saturday, although Hernandes was on target for the fourth time in his last five appearances. The Brazilian playmaker is 7/1 to score first this week and he will be relied upon to produce the goods as star striker Miroslav Klose is likely to miss the match through injury.
They may have their work cut out scoring against this Juventus side though as Antonio Conte's men have kept nine clean sheets in their last 15 games, with paddypower going 6/5 that Juve keep a clean sheet on Tuesday. Juventus head into this match off the back of a resounding 4-0 win over Udinese on Saturday, with former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba scoring two goals in the victory, including a 'worldie' to open the scoring, and he is a best price 9/1 to be first goalscorer in the latest betting with paddypower.
Pogba will be expected to pull the strings from midfield, particularly as Andrea Pirlo is struggling with injury, while Fabio Quagliarella and Giorgio Chiellini are both out. Juventus have now only lost one of their last 10 but two of their three defeats this season have come on home soil, including a recent 2-1 loss to Sampdoria. They might have to settle for a draw against a resolute Lazio this week and that would leave all to play for in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.
Juventus v Lazio Form
Check the season's statistics for both Juventus and Lazio, plus the odds ahead of Tuesday's match.
Juventus v Lazio Tips
Tip #1: Draw @ 14/5 with PaddyPower.
Tip #2: Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6 with PaddyPower.
Tip #3: Paul Pogba to score first each-way @ 9/1 with PaddyPower.
Correct Score Odds
11/2 Juventus 1-0
13/2 Juventus 2-0
13/2 Juventus 2-1
9/1 Draw 0-0
6/1 Draw 1-1
14/1 Draw 2-2
14/1 Lazio 1-0
30/1 Lazio 2-0
16/1 Lazio 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
4/1 Sebastian Giovinco
4/1 Alessandro Matri
9/2 Mirko Vucinic
5/1 Arturo Vidal
6/1 Miroslav Klose
6/1 Claudio Marchisio
7/1 Sergio Floccari
8/1 Andrea Pirlo
9/1 Paul Pogba
9/1 Libor Kozak
9/1 Antonio Rozzi
Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com, who provide live betting in-running for both Coppa Italia semi-finals this week.
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