Lazio play host to Napoli in an intriguing match from the Italian Serie A this weekend and with both teams believing they hold strong claims to the three points this should provide followers with an entertaining 90 minutes of action. Lazio enjoy the home advantage but must make it count while Napoli are eager to go into Christmas on a high.
Lazio lazy at the back
Lazio started the week down in ninth place in Serie A following a less than impressive start to the campaign. The locals managed to win only five of their first 11 starts and conceded 19 goals in the process, something that will worry everyone connected to the club ahead of this match. Lazio have had no problems scoring goals but must improve their defence if they are serious about challenging for the European places.
An example of that fragile backline can be taken from last weekend’s defeat against Hellas Verona at this venue. It was a game most pundits expected them to take at least a point from, but they left empty-handed, undone by a 2-1 scoreline following an own goal from Lazzari and a Tameze winner. It was a tight match, but the right team bagged the points that day.
Napoli show winning form
Napoli started this week third in the table and looking like the title challengers many predicted they would be back in pre-season. The visitors won eight of their first 11, striking 26 goals in the process and that stat made them one of the league’s top scorers. Fans will expect to see the Napoli attack create plenty more chances here.
Napoli banked what was their third league win on the spin last weekend when defeating Sampdoria 2-1 at home. It was a little tighter than was expected but the players deserve credit for rolling up their sleeves and grinding out the right result. Goals from Lozano and Petagna was enough to better an opening goal from Jankto.
Lazio vs Napoli prediction
This is expected to be a competitive match, but Lazio’s weak defence could crumble under pressure from Napoli’s free-scoring attack. The home team must tighten things up if they are to have any chance of getting something from the day.
Serie A odds
The pre-match betting at 22bet has Lazio at 2.75 with Napoli 2.495 and the draw yours at 3.46.
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