The Serie A season continues with a thrilling fixture between Napoli and Lazio at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday, March 5th. Napoli will be looking to increase their lead at top of the table. While Lazio are in contention for a top-four finish and will be looking to secure a crucial victory in this encounter. In this article, we will provide a detailed preview of Napoli vs. Lazio, including the latest team news, predicted lineups, and match prediction.
Napoli vs. Lazio Match Preview
Napoli hosts Lazio on Friday night looking to increase their lead at the top of Serie A to an unprecedented 21 points.
The Scudetto favourites return to Stadio Maradona after winning their fifth consecutive league away game without allowing a single goal, and their visitors will look to win in order to keep themselves in good form for a top-four finish.
After winning their seventh consecutive league game at Sassuolo and gaining a 2-0 lead against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League, Napoli earned a third victory in a week when they defeated Empoli.
Victor Osimhen scored for the eighth consecutive Serie A match, making him the first player to do so since Cristiano Ronaldo more than three years ago. This put him farther ahead of his closest competitor Lautaro Martinez in the race to be awarded this year’s Capocannoniere.
Despite Mario Rui’s dismissal in the second half for an apparent attack on Francesco Caputo of Empoli, the Partenopei prevailed 2-0 at Stadio Castellani.
Napoli have won 21 of 24 league games, scoring 58 goals while only allowing 15 goals, and are therefore virtually assured of a long-sought championship in the coming months (if not weeks).
Luciano Spalletti’s team can extend their advantage to scarcely credible proportions when Lazio travel to town, especially after Inter’s setback at Bologna last weekend. Some Serie A coaches have even openly dubbed his side “champions-elect” in recent days.
On Friday night, the 25th round of the league begins, and they will try to complete the double over their Roman rivals after they won the reverse encounter 2-1 at Stadio Olimpico in September. Since then, the distance between the two clubs has widened.
Lazio Recent Form
Lazio’s road record this season is second best in the league, conceding just seven goals to opponents on the road (Napoli is the only team to perform better), but their upcoming opponents are not only undefeated at home in Serie A but also score over three goals per game at Stadio Maradona.
Maurizio Sarri has a mammoth challenge ahead of him when he returns to his former club, but his present team is still on track to play in the Champions League next season.
With to Luis Alberto’s 80th-minute goal against Sampdoria on Monday, the Biancocelesti gained another three points and moved within two of the second- and third-place Milan clubs.
Arch-rivals Following closely behind Napoli in the race for the final three spots are the clubs of Roma and Lazio, both of which are now in the midst of Europa League play after defeating CFR Cluj in the league’s semifinals the week before.
In part by making up for Ciro Immobile’s lack of form and health up front, Sarri’s club is second only to Juventus in Serie A in clean sheets held this season, so they may believe they are the only team capable of holding the leads for the whole 90 minutes. Of course, Juve believed the same thing before getting humiliated 5-1 in Naples just after the holiday break.
Lazio lost to Napoli in their most recent meeting, and they also lost to Napoli at home and on the road in the previous season, so they will be especially motivated to break that losing streak this year.
Since Mario Rui was sent off on Saturday, Mathias Olivera will start at left back for the next two games.
Though only Giacomo Raspadori is out with an injury, Luciano Spalletti might replace Hirving Lozano on the right wing with Matteo Politano and insert Eljif Elmas into the midfield to shake things up following a hectic run of games at home and abroad.
Victor Osimhen will try to extend his scoring streak to nine games in Serie A, even if Giovanni Simeone would want to start up front against his father’s old team.
Lazio, meantime, have been extremely active in Europe and have rushed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Mattia Zaccagni back from injury so that they may play on Monday.
Both should be healthy enough to play in Naples, with Pedro still needing to wear a mask to protect his fractured nose and Zaccagni competing with him for playing time despite suffering a hand injury.
As Nicolo Casale is suspended for bookings, Maurizio Sarri will hope Alessio Romagnoli can play as the visitors’ centre-back.
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Elmas; Politano, Osimhen, and Kvaratskhelia are all candidates to start for Napoli.
Provedel; Marusic, Romagnoli, Patric, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni are some of Lazio’s potential starters.
Napoli vs. Lazio – Match Prediction
This promises to be an exciting and closely contested fixture between two of Serie A’s top teams. Both teams have plenty of attacking talent and will be looking to secure a crucial victory in the race for a top-four finish.
However, we predict that Napoli will come out on top in this fixture. The Partenopei, who have been in good form, will beat Lazio 2-1.