Juventus vs Lazio : Lazio will be without the services of key defender Francesco Acerbi, who received a red card in the 2-1 defeat to Napoli last weekend.
Adam Marusic and Luiz Felipe are also likely to miss the match through injury, meaning that Lazio will be forced to put together a make-shift defence, which is hardly ideal against the country’s best team.
As mentioned, Immobile will again lead the Lazio line with support from Luis Alberto, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be looking to make his presence felt in the middle of the park.
As for Juventus, Andrea Barzagli and Mario Mandzukic will again miss out through injury, while Joao Cancelo, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic are all seen as doubts.
Emre Can should keep his position in the middle of the park, with Douglas Costa also making the XI. Ronaldo will be supported by Paulo Dybala in attack, with Federico Bernardeschi expected to drop to the bench.
Lazio possible starting lineup:
Strakosha; Bastos, Radu, Wallace; Durmisi, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Parolo, Lulic; Alberto, Immobile
Juventus possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Can, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala, Ronaldo, Costa
Nine wins, five draws and six defeats – that is how Lazio have performed in Serie A this season. A total of 32 points has left them in sixth position, just two points off fourth-placed AC Milan entering Week 21 in Italy’s top flight.
Lazio performed impressively away to Napoli last weekend, but suffered a 2-1 defeat in Naples, meaning that the White and Sky Blues are still without a win against any of Serie A’s big-six clubs this season.
Lazio have finished fifth in each of the last two seasons, while they have not made the top four since the 2014-15 campaign. The Champions League positions are just two points away as things stand, but a defeat this weekend would give the likes of Milan and Roma the chance to open up more ground.
There is still a lot of football to be played in Serie A this season, but it is going to take some effort from Napoli to prevent Juventus from winning yet another Italian league title.
Indeed, as it stands, Juventus are nine points clear of second-placed Napoli in the table. Inter Milan occupy third, but the San Siro giants are 16 points off the pace being set at the top of the division.
Only Genoa and Atalanta have prevented Juventus from winning in Serie A this season and they will enter this match off the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chievo in Turin last time out.