17.04.2015 19:26 - in: Serie A S

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      Six points to ponder ahead of Saturday’s Serie A meeting between Italy’s top two teams in Turin

      Eight to date

      The Biancocelesti approach tomorrow night’s encounter on an eight-match winning run, a streak they last recorded in April 2007. A further success at Juventus Stadium would equal a club record nine consecutive triumphs in Italy’s top flight, established in the 98/99 season.

      Juventus will be looking to bounce back to winning ways at the first time of asking after seeing a 20-game unbeaten period come to an end in last weekend’s defeat against Parma.

      Second wind

      A sensational second half of the campaign has shot Lazio into Champions League contention, taking them above Roma into second place on 58 points.

      During this time they have proved the division’s best attack (25 goals) and sit level with Juventus with the strongest defence (six conceded). 

      Frantic at the finish

      Lazio are the Serie A team to have clocked up the greatest goal return in the last 15 minutes of each half: 14 at the end of the opening 45 minutes and 15 in the games’ final flourishes.

      Wide boys

      The Bianconeri will have to be on their guard for crosses coming into the box tomorrow night, with Lazio heading up Serie A’s record for goals stemming from wide areas: 14.

      Juventus can always rely on their supremacy from outside the box (17 goals), although their opponents are the division’s second most efficient side from range with 10.

      Set piece specialists

      Juventus and Lazio are Serie A’s most prolific teams from dead ball situations. On the side of the hosts is supremacy from direct free-kicks (three), while the visitors are level with Atalanta in racking up five goals via indirect free-kick scenarios. 

      Penalty area princes

      Two foxes in the box go head-to-head tomorrow night: Carlos Tevez and Miroslav Klose.

      The Argentine is Serie A’s top scorer with 17, while the German, now in his fourth season with the Rome club, has hit five in his last six Serie A appearances.

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