Lazio are traveling to Naples on Saturday to face the league leaders, Napoli in the Matchweek 24 of Serie A. The kick-off is scheduled for 07:45 pm GMT and the venue is San Paolo Stadium.
Napoli are having a season to cherish, as they sit at the top of the Italian league table. The Partenopei have collected 60 points from 23 matches so far and are one point ahead of second-placed Juventus. Lazio have continued where they left last season as they sit in the third position, 14 points behind Napoli.
Napoli defeated bottom-club Benevento in their last league fixture. Dries Mertens made it 1-0 for the visitors in the 20th minute with an elegant chip after Insigne had seen his shot come off the crossbar early in the game.
The skipper Marek Hamsik doubled the lead right after the start of the second period. Callejon sent in a beautiful low cross, which was met with the Slovak’s first-time finish as the league leaders ensured a 2-0 victory.
The Biancocelesti faced a shocking defeat against Genoa at home in their last league match. Both the teams looked solid defensively, as the first half ended 0-0. No sooner had Goran Pandev opened the scoring for the visitors, than the skipper Marco Parolo leveled the game with a cheeky finish.
Diego Laxalt’s 83rd-minute goal was ruled out after a VAR review, but he scored the winner, nine minutes later in the stoppage time as Genoa got three crucial points.
Napoli have lost only once in Serie A this campaign, a 0-1 loss at home against Juventus back in December 2017. The Naples-based side boast one of the best defense in Serie A right now, as they have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games.
After going eight games unbeaten, Lazio are now winless in their last three matches in all competitions.
Napoli came from back to register a massive 4-1 away win in the reverse fixture of this league tie. Koulibaly canceled a De Vrij’s first-half goal in the 54th minute, as Sarri’s men went on to add three more goals to ensure the victory.
Callejon, Mertens, and Jorginho got their name on the scoresheet as Napoli finished the game in such a style that, at the very least, gave the rest of the league an idea on how the Naples-based side were going to flare this season.
Napoli have lost only one of their last 11 league games (W8 D2), a 2-4 loss at home back in June 2014. Moreover, they have scored 31 goals in their previous 12 league games against Inzaghi’s men, with an average of 2.6 per match.
Maurizio Sarri will be without center-back Albiol and full-back Hysaj. The Belgian forward Mertens is recovering from the ankle injury but is expected to feature in this match. Milik and Ghoulam are back in training after recovering from injuries.
Davide Di Gennaro and Mauricio are injured and will stay out of the Saturday clash. Simone Inzaghi will also be without the injured goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.
Napoli vs Lazio Lineup (Predicted XI)
Napoli Lineup (4-3-3)
Rui (LB), Koulibaly (CB), Chiriches (CB), Maggio (RB)
Hamsik (CM), Jorginho (CDM), Allan (CM)
Lazio Lineup (3-5-2)
Caceres (CB), De Vrij (CB), Radu (CB)
Marusic (RWB), Parolo (CM), Leiva (CDM), Murgia (CM), Lukaku (LWB)
Napoli vs Lazio Prediction
Maurizio Sarri’s men are set to win the Scudetto after 27 years, as they sit first in the league standings after 23 games. However, Juventus are only a point behind, and Napoli can’t lose points at this point of the season.
These are the games that can decide the title on the long run, so the Partenopei will have to give their best in this match. Lazio look to end their search for a win, but it won’t be easy considering Napoli’s form as of late.
Napoli are the favorites to win this match.
Our Prediction: 1-0 win for Napoli