Napoli will look to keep pace with the Serie A frontrunners when they travel to Lazio on Sunday at 7:45pm (UK time).
Lazio XI: Reina; Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Escalante, Alberto, Marusic; Immobile, Caicedo.
Napoli XI: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui; Ruiz, Bakayoko, Zielinski; Politano, Petagna, Lozano.
Gennaro Gattuso’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat against Inter Milan last time out but remain only five points adrift of first-placed AC Milan and one short of the Champions League places.
Where to watch Lazio vs Napoli on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Lazio 1-2 Napoli
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Lazio vs Napoli build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The Partenopei have made a strong start to the season, taking 23 points from 12 games so far. However, they had a three-game winning streak (during which they scored 10 goals and conceded just once) abruptly ended against Inter last week.
In fact, Napoli have lost against each of the current Serie A top three this season, with their only other defeat coming against Sassuolo who are level with Gattuso’s side in the table.
With that in mind, the Neapolitans might well fancy their chances on the road at Lazio, who are stuck down in ninth-place after winning just five of their opening 12 games this season.
Simone Inzaghi’s side have taken just one point from two recent fixtures against Verona and Benevento and it won’t be lost on the Italian just how much he needs a statement win here.
- Lazio (vs Benevento): Reina; Felipe, Hoedt, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Escalante, Alberto, Marusic; Correa, Immobile.
- Napoli (vs Inter Milan): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Rui; Bakayoko, Demme; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne*; Mertens*.
Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro is suspended, while Lazio will also be without Senad Lulic, Patric, Francesco Acerbi and Vedat Muriqi.
Napoli have a suspension problem of their own in the form of Lorenzo Insigne, while Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen are both injured.
Players to watch:
- Lazio: After a relatively slow start to the campaign (by his own standards) Ciro Immobile has burst into life, notching 11 goals and two assists in his last 11 appearances across all competitions. Lazio have only managed one clean sheet during that time, meaning they haven’t picked up nearly enough points to keep them in the Serie A title conversation. However, if Immobile can keep up this sort of form in front of goal (form which saw him take the Capocannoniere award last season), Champions League qualification will remain a distinct possibility again for Simeone’s men.
- Napoli: He may have struggled during his first season in Italy, but Hirving Lozano has now fully established himself as a key member of Gattuso’s side, finally showing signs of reaching his considerable potential. The Mexico international has netted six Serie A goals so far this season, already two more than he managed in 2019/20, while his two assists double the tally he reached last term. Tricky, fast and terrifyingly unpredictable, Lozano gives Napoli an edge no matter what type of opponent they face.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Lazio: DLWLW
- Napoli: LWWWL
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