Preview and Prediction
Before the lockdown, Lazio was the hope for non-Juventus fans to end the reigning champion’s domination. They were only four points behind La Vecchia Signora plus their convincing form made it quite reasonable to have such expectation, especially for those who grow weary of the Serie A’s dullness in the past few years. Yet, everything shattered within weeks after the restart as Marco Parolo and Co did not perform as well as before. They even already lost in the first game after the competition resumed. Now, Champions league spot is ninety percent safe on their hand but it is not over yet for Ciro Immobile who has the opportunity to win cappocanonieri or the Serie A top scorer. He has netted 35 goals or four goals more than his closest contender, Cristiano Ronaldo, and would not let him be surpassed by the Portuguese captain. This week is the last chance to the former Dortmund man to seal his personal title by scoring more in the away game against Napoli.
The teams’ previous matches
Il Partenopei had a disappointing result while visiting Guiseppe Meazza, Milan. Inter smashed them 2-0 by the goals of Danilo D’Ambrosio and Lautaro Martinez. Despite having a number of golden opportunities to equalise, Samir Handanovic and La Beniamata’s defense line were solid to keep Lorenzo Insigne and Co at bay.
Meanwhile, Lazio clinched three points while hosting Brescia as they beat them 2-0. Joaquin Correa and Ciro Immobile were the key figures for this victory as both in turn gave an assist to each other. The Italian international did it first for Correa while in the second half, the former Sevilla man replied for the leading goal scorer.
Gennare Gatusso has been in favour of 4-3-3 formation with constant rotation in his squad, especially the front men. He has the luxury to pick among Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano, Jose Callejon, Mateo Politano and Amin Younes. However, the former Milan boss might not play his best starting IX to keep his squad fit for the Champions league fixture next week.
Simone Inzaghi is one integral part of Lazio’s revival this season. The brother of the well-known Filippo, has always been opting for 3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1 formation with Ciro Immobile as the main frontman accompanied by the Argentine Joaquin Correa or Luis Alberto behind him. Felipe Caicedo is now the one who are sidelined due to his injury alongside with Senad Lulic, Stefanu Radu and Lucas Leiva.
Players to watch
In Napoli, the leading top scorer of the club is the Polish international Arkadiusz Milik with eleven goals, while the top assist provider is Jose Callejon with seven assists. Another notable name to watch beside Insigne is the Spaniard Fabian Ruiz.
Ciro Immobile is certainly one of Lazio’s key men this season with his thirty five goals and nine assists. Another one is the Spaniard Luis Alberto who has scored six goals and provided fifteen assists. There some other worth watching figures for this fixture, such as the Serbia Sergej Milenkovic-Savic and the senior midfielder Marco Parolo.
Napoli vs Lazio Prediction
Both teams have been fairly safe in the standings so they barely have vital objectives in this game. Gatusso might use this clash for preparing themselves for UCL while Lazio might only strive to support Immobile. Eventually, a tie will be the fairest result.
The game is still regarded even. Yet, the host is priced to win slightly lower at 2.95 whereas Lazio are projected to win at 2.20. The odds for a draw result are only at 3.80.