Napoli host Lazio on matchday 32 of the Serie A season in a massive top-six clash. The hosts go into the game two points ahead of Lazio in the Serie A standings with Champions League qualification in sight. Juventus are clinging onto fourth place and are two points ahead of Napoli. The Old Lady are four points ahead of the Biancocelesti with just seven matches left to play.
The last five matches between Napoli and Lazio in all competitions finished with the home side claiming a positive result. Lazio won the reverse fixture at the Stadio Olimpico 2-0 thanks to goals by Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto on either side of the halftime break.
Lazio have not won in Naples since the 2014-15 Serie A campaign. Coach Simone Inzaghi’s team are on a five-game winning streak in Serie A. They are in great form and have recovered from their up and down play from the first half of the campaign.
Napoli are coming off of a 1-1 draw with Serie A league leaders Inter Milan. They are unbeaten in two straight games in Serie A. Juventus face off with Serie A relegation-threatened Parma on Wednesday night. The Old Lady should win; therefore, Napoli and Lazio will be desperate on Thursday for a victory to keep pace.
Napoli vs Lazio Betting Odds
The home team have taken points in each of the last five meetings in all competitions between the Serie A rivals. Due to the home team trend, bookies have Napoli as favourite to win the game on Thursday night at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Napoli are at odds of 21/20 to win the match and keep pace with Juventus – possibly overtake them in the standings depending on the Old Lady’s result on Wednesday.
Lazio are at odds of 27/10 to win against Napoli away from home for the first time since the 2014-15 Serie A season. Inzaghi’s team took 15 points from their last 18 on offer in Serie A. Five straight matches have finished in wins for the Biancocelesti. Lazio scored 13 times while allowing nine goals to opponents over the course of the same six fixtures.
Meanwhile, Napoli took 13 points from the last 18 available in the division. Only one of their last three games in the league finished in wins, however. The Partenopei outscored opponents during their last six fixtures 11 to six.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli are unbeaten in six straight home fixtures. Like Lazio, they are in good form at the end of the campaign. Napoli are +23 in goal difference playing at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Lazio have won back-to-back away games in Serie A. They are just +2 in goal difference on the road, however.
Napoli vs Lazio Team News
Gattuso is without Diego Demme due to a one-game suspension. He will likely be joined on the sidelines by goalie David Ospina. Back-up goalie Alex Meret will play for Ospina if the Colombian is still unable to play. Forward Hirving Lozano is due back following a suspension. Midfielder Faouzi Ghoulam is a doubt following a knee injury.
Midfielder Lorenzo Insigne leads the team in goals with 15. He has six assists to go with those 15 goals. Lozano has nine goals. His return from suspension should be a big boost for Gattuso.
Inzaghi has two players on the Lazio injury list going into the game. Gonzalo Escalante is a doubt due to a muscle injury. He could miss the fixture. Defender Luiz Felipe has an ankle injury that could keep him on the sidelines.
Immobile’s scoring numbers are not as they were in 2019-20. The striker has 16 goals in 28 games in Serie A. Last season, Immobile’s goals powered the Biancocelesti to Champions League qualification. Unfortunately for Lazio, he has been unable to match that goalscoring. Luis Alberto and Felipe Caicedo have combined for 16 goals scoring eight apiece. According to the latest stats figures from Serie A, Immobile has missed more penalties in 2020-21 than in the previous four seasons combined.
Napoli vs Lazio Prediction
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Six of the last 10 games in all competitions between Napoli and Lazio finished with both teams scoring. Although Lazio won 2-0 earlier this season, last season’s game in Naples in Serie A finished 3-1 in favour of the home sides. Three of Napoli’s last four Serie A games ended with both teams scoring goals. Four of Lazio’s last six Serie A games finished with both teams scoring goals.
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Insigne has 15 goals in 28 Serie A games this season. He is Napoli’s main penalty-taker. If there is a spot-kick in the game, then Insigne will step up to take it. Insigne’s last goal came three weeks ago against Juventus as Napoli lost 2-1. The forward did not play in the reverse fixture due to a red card suspension. He will start against Lazio and could get on the scoresheet.
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Six of the last 10 matches between Napoli and Lazio finished with both teams scoring goals. Their fixture in Serie A in Naples in 2019-20 finished with over 2.5 goals scored and Napoli winning. Napoli have scored Serie A’s third-most goals (66). Lazio have tallied 51 goals this term. The Biancocelesti have struggled to keep goals out, however. They have allowed 41 goals to opponents. Napoli have given up 35 goals to their rivals.
Four of Lazio’s last six Serie A games ended with more than 2.5 goals. Napoli saw two of their last four matches finish with over 2.5 goals scored. There is potential for goals this week in a must-win game for both clubs. Juventus should defeat Parma on Wednesday meaning Napoli and Lazio both need to keep pace with them.
The home side are unbeaten in five straight games in all competitions between Napoli and Lazio. Will the trend continue this week in Naples?
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