Lazio vs Napoli: Match Preview
Lazio take on Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico early Saturday evening, The biancocelsti have lost all their last five Serie A games against Napoli (conceding 15 goals in the process): it is the longest open streak of defeats for the home team against a single opponent in the competition.
Parolo is suspended for the fixture after picking up a yellow card against Brescia, however the Laziali will be anticipating the return of Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva to the starting line-up after they return from suspension.
Joaquin Correa is a doubt for the home side and will need to be evaluated after the forward has sat out on some of this weeks training due to a calf problem.
Gennaro Gattuso and his Napoli side on the other hand will be hoping to improve their torrid away record; Napoli have secured only 13 points in the first nine away games of this championship, the worst performance for the Neapolitans since 2011/12.
Dries Mertens is still out of action with that recurring muscular issue, joined on the treatment table by Nikola Maksimovic, Faouzi Ghoulam and Kevin Malcuit.
Kalidou Koulibaly should be back in defence, at least for a spot on the bench, but Napoli are hesitant to risk a longer lay-off for the Senegal international. If he doesn’t start, then it’s again a choice between Sebastiano Luperto and moving Giovanni Di Lorenzo from right-back to central defence, which is the option Gattuso picked against Inter with mixed results.
Lazio vs Napoli: Expected Lineups
Napoli: Meret; Rui, Luperto, Manolas, Lorenzo; Zielinski, Allan, Ruiz; Insigne, Milik, Callejon.
Lazio vs Napoli: One to Watch
Luis Alberto: The Spaniard has provided more assists than anyone in Europe’s top five leagues this season returns to the side. Luis Alberto will be looking to pick apart this brittle Napoli defence that seems slow and a midfield that offers precious little protection.
Lazio vs Napoli: Top Tip
Lazio gained eight points with goals scored from the 90th minute forward, at least three more than any team in this league. Could we be in store for another late drama at the Olimpico?
Lazio vs Napoli: Prediction
I am opting for Lazio to break the curse against Napoli and set a new club record, I believe the home side will have too much of an incentive to win the game and will inflict more misery on Gattuso’s side, who will achieve an unwanted record if my prediction is correct.
Napoli have won only one of their last 10 league games (5D, 4L): before this season the last series of 10 games with a single victory for the Neapolitans dated back to 2010.
Prediction: Lazio 2-0 Napoli