Napoli vs Lazio
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 1 August 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo.
This will be the final game for Gli Azzurri before their trip to Barcelona for their second leg Round of 16 match-up in the UCL. It’s important for the team to build some confidence before they take on Lionel Messi and co, especially with them having conceded an away goal in the first leg.
As of now, Gennaro Gattuso’s men are going through a rough patch, and they have struggled to post points on the board consistently. If not for their Coppa Italia triumph, the team would have found it hard to qualify for the European competitions of next season.
The Eagles meanwhile are chasing a runner-up spot in the league, and though they failed to give a tough race for the title towards the end of the season, a second-place finish will be a confidence-booster to give an even better effort the next time.
On top of that, they have another ulterior motive too. Their main striker Ciro Immobile is now the frontrunner in the European Golden Boot race, and one more goal this weekend would help him to equalize the record for most number of goals in a Serie A season as well.
By the looks of things, Gli Azzurri are the slight favorites, due to their impressive h2h record over this opponent (especially at this venue), and their inspiring run at home lately.
Napoli vs Lazio: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Gattuso’s men had recorded eight of the previous nine overall games.
- Four of the previoius six matches had goals from both teams.
- Five of the past seven encounters had three or more goals.
- At this venue, the hosts have recorded 15 of the preceding 20 victories.
- Five of the former eight meetings at this stadium had three or more goals.
Napoli vs Lazio: Prediction
Gli Azzurri lost 2-0 on the road the last match-day, against Inter. In the meanwhile, Simone Inzaghi’s men had registered a 2-0 win at home against Brescia.
As things stand, Gattusso’s men are expected to be dominant. They had recorded eight of the preceding nine overall h2h wins, and had registered 15 of the last 20 such wins at this stadium. They had also won five of their last six home appearances, and are on a nine-game unbeaten run here.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in five of their previous eight overall matches (of which four were losses), and they were winless in three of their past four road trips as well. Taking into account these stats, expect Napoli to avoid a loss at the very least this Sunday.
However, understand that the Eagles are on a three-match winning run, and that they are chasing a second-place finish. Moreover, they have already ensured Champions League qualification, and have nothing to lose. They will go for the win.
Likely, expect them to score at least once.
Napoli vs Lazio: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Napoli or Draw @ 1.70 (7/10)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5).