Lazio vs Napoli by PatrickBateman
Lazio are 4th with 60 points. They still have a chance for 3rd place, but they are currently travelling by four points behind Napoli. Tuesday`s defeat to Roma in Coppa saw their run of ten games without a loss come to an end, however they progressed on aggregate, so no harm done for them. They came into that clash with a 2:0 advantage from the first game, but they didn`t come to defend. They were leading two times in that game, with El Shaarawy cancelling out Milinkovic-Savic`s goal, and Salah cancelling out Immobiles`s. It was hard to see Roma scoring three goals in the last 25 minutes, and all they could do was snatch a win via Salah in 90th minute. Here, Lazio will be without Marchetti who is out for the season due to knee injury, while de Vrij and Biglia are doubtful.
Napoli are 3rd with 64 points. They are chasing second place, which leads directly into Champions League, but that task won`t be an easy one since Roma have four-point advantage. After a period of ups and downs, Napoli put up couple of good results. In the last seven days they faced Juventus two times, both times in Napoli, and stayed undefeated. First they played 1:1 in Serie A, even though they were arguably a better team, and on Wednesday they won 3:2 in the 2nd leg of Coppa. However, that win wasn`t enough for them, as the first game finished 3:1 for Juventus. Higuain opened the scoring in 32nd minute and Juventus went on a break with 1:0. In the second half we`ve seen four goals in a space of fourteen minutes - from 53rd to 67th. Hamsik levelled things up, but Higuain gave visitors another lead only six minutes later. Mertens and Insigne gave Napoli hope, but the hosts couldn`t find a net even once more, let alone twice, and Juventus progressed into the final. For this game Napoli will be without any noticeable missings.
This is a match between the two teams who are fighting for Champions League, and it is really hard to separate them at the moment. Napoli has arguably better team, but Lazio has been in a really good form lately. Both teams are offensively potent and in need of three points, therefore it is hard to see anything but attacking intent from both sides. Twelve out of the last fourteen Napoli`s away games saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals, while the other two finished 1:1 and 5:0 for Napoli. That shows us that Napoli are going all in on the road, and this time should be no different. And while Lazio are no stranger to keeping clean sheet, their defense is not bulletproof, especially with de Vrij being questionable. With all that being said, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks destined here.
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