Napoli will be looking to inch closer to ending the wait for the title in Naples when they host fourth-placed Napoli on Friday, with kickoff slated for 19:45 GMT.
Napoli will be looking to add three points to their stunning winning run and continue with their imperious march to the title.
Lazio, with strong top-four hopes, will be hoping to spoil the party in Naples as they look to walk away with the three points that will bolster their top-four aspirations.
Napoli’s Title-Chasing Form
Napoli have been in imperious form. The haul of 65 points in their 24 outings this season puts them top of the table, 18 points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan.
Their prolific nature in the final third underscores their dynamism and penetrative style of play; they have plundered a league-high 58 goals and conceded a league-low 15 goals. This highlights a fine balance for Luciano Spalletti’s side this season and explains why they are at the top of the table.
They will look to maintain this fantastic form when they host Lazio on Friday as they bear down on the league title.
Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio are currently fourth on the table, two points behind third-placed Milan and a point ahead of fifth-placed Roma.
They have won two consecutive games after going three winless (two draws and a defeat). This inconsistency has been detrimental to Lazio this season, allowing the chasing pack to close in.
Lazio will have to win at Napoli to say inside the top four, a loss will see them leapfrogged, and their top-four hopes dealt a massive blow.
Luciano Spalletti will be without Giacomo Raspadori in the clash against Lazio on Friday night. The second striker is nursing a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old has been missing in action since February 14, 2023. The club hopes the forward will be back fit by March 16, 2023.
Napoli will also be without left-back Mario Rui, suspended after receiving a red card in their previous 0-2 win away to Empoli last Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri will be without key winger Pedro. The experienced 35-year-old, who has been an ever-present in the Lazio side this season, will miss the trip to Napoli due to a fractured hand, which he suffered on February 27, 2023.
However, the rest of the Lazio squad will be available to Sarri for selection ahead of the pivotal match-up in Napoli with title and top-four ramifications for the two teams involved.
A. Meret; M. Olivera, M. Kim, A. Rahmani, G. Di Lorenzo; P. Zielinski, S. Lobotka, A. Anguissa; K. Kvaratskhelia, V. Osimhen, H. Lozano
I. Provedel; M. Lazzari, N. Casale, Patric, A. Marusic; S. Milinkovic-Savic, D. Cataldi, L. Alberto; F. Anderson, C. Immobile, M. Zaccagni
High-flying Napoli will be looking to inch closer to ending the wait for the Scudetto at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Friday when they host Lazio.
Luciano Spalletti and his men will look to retain their signature high-octane performances characterized by hard running, energetic pressing, and fluid movement of the ball and the players positioning across the pitch.
Napoli will boss the ball and set the tempo from midfield, with every player closing down and making it hard for Lazio to progress the ball.
Sarri’s Lazio will look to match Napoli ball-for-ball and man-for-man. They will do the hard running, and pressing, and trying to keep the ball as well.
They will focus the wide areas on using their pace in attack while employing the high line to squeeze the pitch and make it easy to press.
Napoli are the favorites to win the match and extend their winning run in Serie A.
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