21 January 2019
Weekend’s Serie A action concludes with a heavyweight clash at the Stadio San Paolo with Napoli preparing to take on Lazio.
Desperately trying to close the gap on Juventus, the hosts have to wrap up all three points against the team whom they’ve outplayed twice in their last three H2H meetings at this venue. Unbeaten in all of their 14 competitive home clashes this season (W11, D3), the Partenopei have racked up a five-game home winning run ahead of this round, scoring over 1.5 goals four times in that period. Napoli’s impressive attack has notched 23 goals at the Stadio San Paolo so far, bagging over 1.5 goals per match six times in the process. Meanwhile, only two teams have shipped fewer goals at home than Napoli (6) this term, with Carlo Ancelotti’s men keeping a clean sheet in six of ten Serie A home outings so far.
On the other hand, the visitors have stepped up their game in the recent period, securing three wins in their last four competitive games while playing out one draw during the run. However, the Biancocelsti have clinched just one triumph in the previous five road meetings in all competitions (W1, D2, L2). Although they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in eight of their last ten away encounters, the Eagles have allowed over 1.5 goals per match three times in that period. Still, Simone Inzaghi’s men have scored over 1.5 goals per game only three times in nine Serie A road clashes, averaging 1.11 goals scored per match. Furthermore, just 22% of Lazio’s road meetings have produced over 2.5 goals, which is the joint-lowest Serie A record.
Provisional line-up – Napoli:
Gk: Meret Defense: Ghoulam – Raul Albiol – Maksimovic – Malcuit Midfield: Diawara – Zielinski – Verdi Attack: Callejon – Milik – Mertens
Provisional line-up – Lazio:
Gk: Strakosha Defense: Radu – Acerbi – Luiz Felipe – Patric Midfield: Parolo – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lulic – Luis Alberto Attack: Joaquin Correa – Immobile
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