Wednesday 20 Sep

Lazio vs Napoli - Match Preview

19 Sep 2017 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Lazio Roma

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
20 September 2017

SSC Napoli

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 20 September 2017

The Serie A season is in full swing now and with each team already playing four games, we are starting to find out the strongest and weakest sides. Two of the strongest teams meet in matchweek five as league-leaders, Napoli make the trip to Lazio as they look to retain their position at the top of the table. Both sides are unbeaten so far but Lazio haven’t picked up full points due to one draw whereas their upcoming opponents are yet to have slipped up with a maximum of 12 points.

STATS

  • With three wins and one draw so far this term, Lazio are enjoying a rich vein of form. While their opening day draw with newly-promoted SPAL was disappointing, wins over Chievo, AC Milan and Genoa mean they have kept pace with the leading pack. A late winner from Ciro Immobile saved them from what would have been a poor 2-2 draw with Genoa in their last match.
  • Napoli have been absolutely faultless in their first four games and with four wins and 15 goals, they lead the way at the top of Serie A. They have scored at least three goals in all four games, with a fantastic 6-0 win over Benevento in their last game. They have been untouchable in the league but came up short in the Champions League with a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • There is one player in Serie A who has managed more goals than Ciro Immobile this season. The Italian striker has scored six goals at an average of one every 60 minutes. Only Paulo Dybala has more (8).
  • Dries Mertens sits just below Immobile in the top scorer charts as the Belgian forward has scored five goals of his own, which allows averages a goal every hour. He has picked up where he left off last campaign.

HEAD TO HEAD

Lazio haven’t had the best luck against Napoli in recent years with just two wins in the last ten league games. This fixture has been full of goals in the last few years and there have been more than 4.5 match goals in two of the last five meetings.

LAZIO NEWS

If they want to stay in touch with the top teams at this early stage, it is important that Lazio don’t lose this match. They are still without one of last season’s star performers, Felipe Anderson while Wallace and Nani are also not ready to be brought back into the squad.

Latest matches: Lazio Roma

17.09.2017 Seri Genoa FC Lazio Roma 2:3 W
14.09.2017 UEFA Vitesse Arnhem Lazio Roma 2:3 W
10.09.2017 Seri Lazio Roma AC Milan 4:1 W
27.08.2017 Seri AC Chievo Verona Lazio Roma 1:2 W
20.08.2017 Seri Lazio Roma Spal 2013 0:0 D

NAPOLI NEWS

Although they are currently top of the league, Juventus could still leapfrog them for the top spot so it’s important that Napoli win convincingly. They have a fully fit and available squad so they have the best possible chance of winning the match.

Latest matches: SSC Napoli

17.09.2017 Seri SSC Napoli Benevento Calcio 6:0 W
13.09.2017 UEFA FC Shakhtar Donetsk SSC Napoli 2:1 L
10.09.2017 Seri Bologna FC SSC Napoli 0:3 W
27.08.2017 Seri SSC Napoli Atalanta Bergamasca 3:1 W
22.08.2017 UEFA OGC Nice SSC Napoli 0:2 W

SUMMARY

Due to a brilliant run of early season form, Napoli are the favourites to win this match but Lazio can’t be underestimated as they are still yet to lose a league game. The match could either way and may even end as a draw between two very strong Italian teams but it is the visitors’ who take the advantage into the fifth game of the campaign, let’s see whether they use it or not.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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