Preview - Napoli vs Lazio 11 Feb

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Match Day 24
Napoli vs Lazio
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (14)
Last five matches: L D L W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Ciro Immobile (20)

Serie A's match of the week. This match up includes two of the most electric sides in Serie A. Napoli and Lazio face off in a match that could have repercussions in the title race.

Napoli, with the league's best defensive record, faces off against Lazio's high octane offense (58 goals, second only to Juventus who have 59). Lazio are coming off consecutive Serie A losses. Napoli are undefeated in their last seven matches. Napoli need to win to maintain their lead on Juventus, while Lazio need to win to maintain a Champions League qualification spot.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will return to the starting lineup. The Serb was suspended for the loss versus Genoa. Expect the youngster to be a key player for Lazio in this game, as he has been all season. Lazio is beginning to recover players that have missed time: Ciro Immobile has recovered from the injury that kept him out versus AC Milan, and Senad Lulic also returns from suspension.

Napoli's strength is their defense, but their offense shouldn't be over looked either. They have managed to score 50 goals. Lazio will be made to pay for their defensive lapses, and that will be the difference in this match.

This will surely be an entertaining match with plenty of goals. Lazio will put up a challenge, but ultimately it will be Napoli who will come out victorious.

Prediction: Napoli 3-2 Lazio


Half Time: 1-1
Full Time: 4-1
Shots: 15-4
Shots on target: 7-1
Corner Kicks: 2-2
Possession: 66-34

Napoli battled back from being 1-0 down to defeat Lazio 4-1 at the San Paolo.

Lorenzo Tonelli conceded a corner in the 3rd minute in an attempt to stop Ciro Immobile from advancing towards goal. The ensuing corner was cleared by Tonelli, but landed at the feet of Immobile, who sent a cross into the box. Stefan de Vrij was there to meet it and stab the ball into the net. Lazio couldn't have dreamt of a better start.

Lazio had another good look at goal in the 30th minute when Adam Marusic delivered a cross into the box, but Marco Parolo sent his header wide.

Napoli found the equalizer at the death of the first half. Jorginho played Jose Maria Callejon through, leaving the Spaniard one on one with the goalkeeper. Callejon made the most of this opportunity, slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.

Napoli came out in the second half in search of the lead. Lorenzo Insigne saw his shot graze the outside of the post in the 50th minute.

Lazio was about to run into some terrible luck. In the 54th minute, defender Wallace deflected a Callejon corner into his own net. Right after the restart, in the 56th minute, Mario Rui tried his luck from distance, only to have his shot hit teammate Piotr Zielinski's leg in the way. The deflection threw off goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, and the ball squeezed by the post and into the net. Lazio were very unfortunate to concede those two goals.

In the 72nd minute Zielinski received the ball on the right and drove toward the box. When he was met by two defenders he paused, picked his head up and played a magical ball to the onrushing Dries Mertens who deftly touched the ball with the outside of his foot to guide it past the goalkeeper and into the net.

Napoli recover the Serie A lead from Juventus, who temporarily took it from them yesterday.

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