Lazio vs Napoli Match Preview, Head to Head Statistics & Predictions
Napoli get ready to be hosted by the Biancocelesti at Stadio Olimpico for a rather important Serie A round thirteen fixture.
The Biancocelesti had a 1-1 draw by a ten-man Benevento outfit in their previous game and could not afford to lose points this weekend. Lazio are currently in ninth place in the standings and could use a win to turn things around in the coming weeks. Although thru successfully won their group in Europa League, qualifying for the next round of matches for the first time in twenty years, their form in Serie A seems to have tanked dangerously.
One issue that has plagued Inzaghi’s team is injury to several important factors in his team, causing him to limit his side in terms of rotation. Their home record is the disappointing of all as they have managed to put together just one win in the last six games at Stadio Olimpico.
Simone Inzaghi is still without club captain Senad Lulic, wing-back Mohamed Fares, Lucas Leiva and defender Francesco Acerbi, the latter was injured in last week’s defeat to Hellas Verona.
Lazio coach is opting for five players at the midfield while fit again Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa will lead the final two for the Biancocelesti.
Predicted Lazio XI: Reina; Patric, Hoedt, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile
Napoli, on the other hand, visit the stadio Olimpico after a run of six games without defeat ended away to Inter Milan last weekend, that 1-0 reverse to inter means they were unable to finish the weekend in the top 4. They will be desperate to return to winning ways but manager Genaro Gattuso knows how difficult a fixture this will be. One factor that must serve as a boost is the fact that Napoli have not lost two consecutive league matches in almost a year, so that alone will be playing on the minds of the players going into this fixture and should generate the motivation needed to bounce back from that poor performance against inter last Sunday.
Napoli have come out on top in the last five away games against Lazio before defeat in their last meeting in January ended that run and cannot afford another slip-up here if they are to continue chasing leaders Milan. A senseless red card received by captain Lorenzo Insigne means he will miss this fixture and while that will be a crucial miss, Manager Gattuso will hope that the players he has at his disposal can come up with the goods.
Gattuso looks to be without his regular front three. Dries Mertens is out with an ankle sprain and won’t return until the new year while Lorenzo Insigne got suspended following a foul behavior at the referee during their match against Inter Milan in the midweek.
Victor Osimhen is said to be undergoing rehabilitation in Belgium for his shoulder injury meaning Andrea Petagna should take his place in front.
Predicted Napoli XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Zielinski, Bakayoko, Ruiz; Politano, Petagna, Lozano
Head to Head Statistics
Both teams have over forty games between them, Napoli hold the edge over Lazio having won 18 games from 42 while Lazio have fourteen (14). Napoli won the last fixture with a 3-1 scoreline as well as six wins in the last seven head to head matches. Five of the last six league games have produced over three goals with both teams getting on the scoreboard in five out of the last six matches
- Both Teams Score
- Goals in Both Halves
- Napoli +2 Handicap
- Penalty Awarded
- Immobile to Score Anytime