Sunday 9 Apr

Lazio vs Napoli Match Preview

08 Apr 2017 Stuart S. ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Lazio Roma

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
09 April 2017

SSC Napoli

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 09 April 2017

The Lazio vs Napoli match will take place on Sunday, 9th April 2017 in the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. This is matchday 31 in the 2016/17 Serie A season.
Lazio are 4th in Serie A with 60 points while Napoli are 3rd with 64 points.

STATS

  • Napoli’s last 10 away games in Serie A has featured more than 2.5 goals in each
  • Lazio has scored under 2.5.goals in each of their last 3 home games with Napoli
  • Napoli has been winning at HT / FT in their last 5 away matches in Serie A
  • Lazio has won 5 of their last 6 Serie A matches
  • Napoli has won their last 5 Serie A away matches

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides met in Naples on 5th November 2016 in a Serie A match which ended all square, with a 1-1 draw.
Lazio hasn’t beaten Napoli at home since 2012, with the Azzurri winning 3 and drawing 1 of the Serie A matches between the two sides since.

Head to head matches: Lazio Roma - SSC Napoli

05.11.2016 Seri SSC Napoli Lazio Roma 1:1

LAZIO NEWS

Positive news in recent days from the Stadio Olimpico with Lazio increasingly confident that Lucas Biglia will recover from his thigh injury in time to take the field in this important match.
Ciro Immobile is also likely to return to the starting line-up for a match the Biancocelesti can ill afford to lose. Lazio are in the last Champions League spot at the moment and a win would bolster their chances of qualifying directly to the group stage of next season’s competitionHowever, Federico Marchetti and Stefan de Vrij will both miss this fixture leaving Simone Inzaghi with a headache over his team selection. Know the potency of Napoli’s forward line, the former Italian international is expected to bolster the defensive side of his team, tweaking the formation to give Thomas Strakhosa more protection. While they lost the Rome derby 2-3 in midweek, they won on aggregate and now face Napoli’s conquerors, Juventus, in the final.

Latest matches: Lazio Roma

04.04.2017 Copp AS Roma Lazio Roma 3:2 L
01.04.2017 Seri US Sassuolo Lazio Roma 1:2 W
19.03.2017 Seri Cagliari Calcio Lazio Roma 0:0 D
13.03.2017 Seri Lazio Roma Turin FC 3:1 W
05.03.2017 Seri Bologna FC Lazio Roma 0:2 W

NAPOLI NEWS

Maurizio Sarri almost has a clean bill of health to report with Lorenzo Tonelli the only absentee.
The Azzurri beat Juventus 3-2 in midweek but the victory wasn’t enough to send them through to the final of the Coppa Italia. Juve won on the away goals rule to keep the domestic double firmly in their line of sight.
Arkadiusz Milik will revert to the bench after his big night in the Coppa Italia with Dries Mertens returning to lead the line.
With one of the most talked about attacks in European football, Napoli has the chance to all but confirm their top 3 finish with a win in the Italian capital.

Latest matches: SSC Napoli

05.04.2017 Copp SSC Napoli Juventus Turin 3:2 W
02.04.2017 Seri SSC Napoli Juventus Turin 1:1 D
19.03.2017 Seri FC Empoli SSC Napoli 2:3 W
12.03.2017 Seri SSC Napoli FC Crotone 3:0 W
07.03.2017 UEFA SSC Napoli Real Madrid 1:3 L

SUMMING UP!

It’s a big afternoon for both sides but the visitors with their impressive record on this ground in recent years, have to be considered favourites to win this. There’s a sense that Lazio’s return to the Champions League will fall by the wayside if they lose this match with Atalanta and Internazionale both poised to pounce if they falter.
Napoli’s attack looks to be too strong for the home side’s defence but the 2-0 win over Roma in the Coppa Italia first leg, offers them encouragement that they can keep Mertens at bay. If they succeed in that, they only have to worry about Hamsik, Callejon and Insigne…

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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