Juventus’ first game of the season was a surprisingly difficult assignment, though they prevailed 3-2 against Chievo to get off to a winning start. Cristiano Ronaldo did not score in that match and he may take a few games to get into the sort of form that encouraged the Old Lady to pay over €100m to prise him from Real Madrid at the age of 33.
They have a difficult follow up fixture this Saturday when they host Lazio in Turin. Max Allegri has enhanced his squad extensively in the current transfer window; as well as Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo, Emre Can and Leonardo Bonucci have all been signed, adding to the strongest squad in Serie A. It is for this reason that they are the bookies’ favourite to claim an eighth consecutive scudetto in May – Tipbet have them at 1.35 in their season bets with Napoli (7.00) once again expected to be their closest challengers after appointing Carlo Ancelotti.
Lazio finished fifth last season, meaning that they missed out on Champions League qualification. Therefore, a top four finish will be the minimum target for coach Simone Inzaghi. His chances are boosted by the fact that star midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić – who scored 12 times in the league last season – remains part of the squad as no teams have met his transfer valuation.
They have sold Felipe Anderson to West Ham United and lost Stefan de Vrij on a free transfer to Inter, though, so the Italian has a major task on his hand and he will need new signing Joaquin Correa to hit the ground running. Last week’s 2-1 loss to Napoli leaves the Roma outfit in 15th place and leaving Juventus with at least a point could bring some much-needed momentum.
There are 94 markets for this top fixture at Tipbet.com, and these cover every match possibility. Given their imperious home form, Juventus are 1.40 to keep their winning start to the season going, and Ronaldo is 1.65 to open his Serie A account at any time. Lazio won in Turin last October, and they certainly have the quality to cause problems once more; they are 8.50 to come away with three points. All other betting markets are here.