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Napoli vs Lazio - Match Preview

20 Jan 2019 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

SSC Napoli

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:30 GMT
20 January 2019

Lazio Roma

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
19:30 GMT 20 January 2019

With Christmas and the New Year feeling like months ago, the football season is getting ever closer to its business end. That’s certainly the case in Serie A and the race for Champions League spots is certainly an interesting one. Napoli host Lazio on Sunday in a game that will have a big impact on the top four positions.

STATS

  • Napoli have enjoyed another decent campaign but they find themselves nine points behind Juventus in second place at this stage of the season. They have won five of their last six in the league with their only defeat coming away at Inter Milan. Progress in the Coppa Italia was secured in their last match as they beat Sassuolo 2-0 in the last 16.
  • Lazio will be disappointed to find themselves outside of the top four as their form across the course of the campaign has been below par. With just two wins in their last eight Serie A games, it’s easy to see why Roma are currently ahead of them in 4th place. They also made sure of a place in the Coppa Italia quarter-final after beating Novara 4-1 last week.
  • The return of Arkadiusz Milik from injury has been welcomed by Napoli as he is their top scorer at the moment with 10 league goals.
  • It comes as no surprise that Ciro Immobile is Lazio’s leading talisman so far with the same amount of goals as Napoli’s Polish frontman.

HEAD TO HEAD

Lazio won’t be able to take any confidence from their recent encounters with Napoli in the league as they haven’t beaten them in the last seven meetings which goes back to 2015. Napoli have won six of those, including when they met earlier in the campaign where they narrowly beat them 2-1. There have been over 2.5 goals in six of the last eight fixtures between the two with both teams scoring on six occasions.

NAPOLI NEWS

A win for Napoli is vital as they intend to close the gap on runaway leaders Juventus. However, both Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne are suspended for the clash whilst Marek Hamsik is still injured.

Latest matches: SSC Napoli

13.01.2019 Copp SSC Napoli US Sassuolo 2:0 W
29.12.2018 Seri SSC Napoli Bologna FC 3:2 W
26.12.2018 Seri Inter Milan SSC Napoli 1:0 L
22.12.2018 Seri SSC Napoli Spal 2013 1:0 W
16.12.2018 Seri Cagliari Calcio SSC Napoli 0:1 W

LAZIO NEWS

In order to keep pace with the sides above them, Lazio would ideally need to avoid defeat on Sunday and they’re not doing too badly on the injury front: Adam Marusic is suspended while Felipe Caicedo, Senad Lulic and Bruno Jordao are all doubts.

Latest matches: Lazio Roma

12.01.2019 Copp Lazio Roma Novara Calcio 4:1 W
29.12.2018 Seri Lazio Roma Turin FC 1:1 D
26.12.2018 Seri Bologna FC Lazio Roma 0:2 W
22.12.2018 Seri Lazio Roma Cagliari Calcio 3:1 W
17.12.2018 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Lazio Roma 1:0 L

SUMMARY

With better recent form and some favourable results in this fixture, Napoli go into the match as big favourites and they should be able to win. Although, some of their big absentees might leave the door open for Lazio to cause a shock and the visitors will be confident of scoring. A Napoli win with both teams scoring looks like a reasonable prediction for the clash.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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