It seems unlikely that Juventus could be heading into a Coppa Italia final under less pressure than their foes, yet that’s exactly the situation as they gear up to play Lazio.
The Romans will square off against the Turin titans amidst what their manager Stefano Pioli described as ‘four cup finals’, with the other three fixtures mentioned set to go some way to deciding whether they can achieve what seemed an unlikely an unlikely Champions League qualification.
Roma and Napoli, currently either side of the third-placed Biancocelesti in the Serie A standings lie in wait, with any slip up in the capital city derby likely to mean Lazio travel to Naples on the last day of the season needing victory to book their place at Europe’s top table next term.
Juve may be chasing a Scudetto, Coppa Italia, Champions League treble, but with the former long-since won and the latter more than a fortnight away, they are comparatively free from preoccupations.
Instead they can focus on ending a hoodoo that has seen them fail to win the Coppa since 1985, having sent out a B-team to best Inter at Giuseppe Meazza at the weekend.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men are 6/5 favourites to secure the trophy with victory in normal time, with Le Aquile 12/5 to prolong the Old Lady’s barren streak in the competition for another year.
As well as being under less pressure than Lazio, Juve will know they have their opponents’ measure having beaten them by an aggregate score of 5-0 in league action this season.
Lazio have hardly been prolific of late, scoring once or less in five of their last six outings, making the 7/2 about a Juve win to nil an attractive bet.
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