Lazio vs Napoli
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
After downing AC Milan 4-1, Lazio were certainly surprised that they had to work so hard to see off Genoa. But perhaps their exertions in the Europa League to see off Vitesse had taken their toll for the Biancocelesti?
They had to fight to earn 3-2 win over the Grifone and now will have to welcome Napoli, who cruised to a very comfortable 6-0 victory over Benevento in their first ever derby clash.
The Partenopei had suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Dontesk in a game many felt they should have won, so arguably, they were still smarting from that loss.
Napoli won both their away trips to the Stadio Olimpico by beating both Lazio and Roma and have picked up 12 points from their first four games. They’re one of three teams, along with Inter and Juventus to have a perfect record and will be keen on staying alongside the Bianconeri and the Nerazzurri in the early race for the Scudetto in what has been shaping up to be a very interesting battle thus far.
Lazio may have beaten Milan at this same ground recently. But, Napoli are a stronger side than the Rossoneri. Furthermore, Napoli haven’t lost at the Stadio Olimpico since April 7, 2012, when Lazio beat them 3-1.
On the other hand, Ciro Immobile has been in red-hot form lately and if anyone can make the difference for the hosts, it’s him – he has six in the league, including the game-winner for Lazio when Genoa youngster Pietro Pellegri attempted to salvage what would have been an impressive draw for the Grifone last weekend.
Lazio vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Napoli have scored at least 3 goals in their last 8 matches.
- Napoli have won their last 9 matches.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Lazio’s last 13 games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 16 of Napoli’s last 17 away games.
- Napoli have won three, drawn one, and lost one of their last five meetings with Lazio
Lazio vs Napoli: Prediction
Both Lazio and Napoli have played some interesting football and this Wednesday evening match could be a real thriller for fans and neutrals alike. There have been over 2.5 goals in the majority of both sides’ games recently, so that’s likely happen in this one in what will really be an end-to-end contest but Napoli have the slight edge here.
Lazio vs Napoli: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.61 @ Pinnacle.
Napoli to win at 2.08 odds @ Pinnacle.