LAZIO v NAPOLI – Serie A
February 3 2016, Stadio Olimpico, 19:45 GMT+0
Lazio is coming from a draw against Udinese (0:0) and win against Chievo Verona (4:1). You might think those are decent results, but you would be wrong. In a win against Chievo Verona, Lazio won because a player from the visitors was sent off the pitch. Against Udinese, it was a similar story, where Danilo was sent off in 42′. Even though Lazio had a man advantage they managed only 1 shot on target against modest Udinese. So neither of the matches can be classified as “decent”, but more like a bad performance by The Eagles. This only shows they are just not up to part to stronger teams, especially against league leaders Napoli.
Napoli, who will travel to Rome to face off against today’s opponents have showed us they can be devastating to hosts. Being 2nd best team when it comes to games on the road, with 21 points in 11 matches (6-3-2).
The last match these two teams faced off each other ended in 5:0 for Napoli, with 62% possession and 10 shots on goal (whereas Lazio managed only 1) Napoli dominated that match.
If the bad performances lately for Lazio aren’t enough, they will miss a major part of their squad. De Vrij, Kishna, Biglia, Braafheid, Radu, Cataldi, Matri and Bisevac will all miss this match. As for Djordjevic he might appear today. On the positive note Lulic is back.
Napoli will only miss Grassi, Hysaj and Allan.
All in all, Napoli needs to win this one, as Juventus is closing on them, and a simple loss for Napoli would mean Juventus will sit back on his throne. Taking into consideration I do not find Lazio as a threat, and Napoli’s great performances this should be a win for the visitors.
Prediction: Napoli -0.5
Odds: 2.14 SBOBET