Serie A leaders Napoli welcome Lazio to the Stadio Diego Armanda Maradona on Sunday evening for this week 14 clash. Luciano Spalletti will be missing a number of key players including captain Lorenzo Insigne and star striker Victor Osimhen, while Lazio hope to recover Ciro Immobile in time.
Where and when: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona – 28 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Napoli vs. Lazio: BT Sport
Last time: Napoli ran riot and took a 4-0 lead, before eventually winning 5-2 against Lazio in the last meeting between these teams back in April. The game took place at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and saw Lorenzo Insigne (x2), Matteo Politano, Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen all scoring for the Partenopei, while Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic were on target for the visitors.
Napoli v Lazio Predictions and Preview
Napoli’s fantastic start to the Serie A season came to an end last week, when Luciano Spalletti’s men were beaten 3-2 by defending champions Inter. Although the Partenopei were not far off from taking home a point from San Siro, they were outplayed for big portions of the game and that was a worrying sign.
However, the worst news for the current leaders is related to Victor Osimhen’s cheek fracture. The Nigerian forward already went through surgery and is expected to miss at least three months in what is a huge blow for Napoli. That adds to Spelletti’s long injury list, as Lorenzo Insigne, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Matteo Politano, Diego Demme and Adam Ounas are all recovering from various injuries, while Faouzi Ghoulam is suspended.
This means that Andrea Petagna is expected to start alongside Dries Mertens in attack, while Hirving Lozano and Eljif Elmas should feature on the wings. Piotr Zielinski and Fabian Ruiz should partner in midfield, and while on paper this is strong enough side, the lack of balance and options from the bench might prove to be a real issue.
Napoli were also beaten 2-1 by Spartak Moscow in Russia in the Europa League on Wednesday, so Spalletti will have to asses the condition of his players, but in all honesty he doesn’t have any options. His men are currently first in Serie A with 32 points after 13 rounds and have a record of 10 wins, two draws and one defeat.
Lazio, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of Ciro Immobile, who should recover in time for the clash from his calf issue. Maurizio Sarri’s men were beaten 2-0 by Juventus in Rome last week in what was an extremely poor offensive performance, as they barely managed any shots towards Wojciech Szczęsny’s goal.
The Biancocelesti simply cannot afford to play without Immobile, as the experiment with Pedro as a false nine simply didn’t work, while everyone hopes that Kosovan striker Vedat Muriqi’s horrific performance in a Lazio shirt will end in January.
Lazio are currently sixth in the Serie A standings with 21 points, but Sarri’s men are on a five-game winless streak away from home and have only won one league game on the road this term. The Biancocelesti’s last win in Naples was back 2015, when they beat the Partenopei 4-2, but the capital outfit have lost their last five visits there.
Napoli are 4/5 to bounce back after two consecutive defeats, but the absence of so many key figures, especially Osimhen, make this a tough task. Therefore, the draw seems a more likely outcome and can be backed at 11/4, while a win for Lazio is available at 7/2.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens will have to step in as Victor Osimhen will be out of action for three months. Napoli’s all-time top scorer only netted his first Serie A goal this season against Inter last week, while he also found the back of the net in the last meeting with Lazio. Mertens is 11/2 to break the deadlock in this Napoli vs Lazio preview.
One to watch for Lazio: Ciro Immobile has been out of action in the last few weeks, but should recover in time for the trip to Naples on Sunday. The Lazio captain already has 10 Serie A strikes to his name this term and is 53/10 to net first on Sunday evening.
Long shot: Lazio’s last two away games in all competitions ended in 2-2 draws and a repeat of that result against a depleted Napoli side on Sunday can be backed at 14/1, while the odds rise to 95/1 if you add Mertens as the first scorer.