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Napoli and Lazio Meet in Race for Top Four

SSC Napoli vs Lazio Preview 22/04/2021

21 April 2021 | Serie A | Preview
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Napoli and Lazio Meet in Race for Top Four
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The final game to be played in the Italian Serie A this week takes place on the 22nd of April as Napoli meet Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo.

The hosts begin the week in 5th place on 60 points while the visitors are just one place below them on 58 points, so there is everything to play for in terms of European football qualification.

Napoli come into the match having been held to a 1-1 draw by top of the table Inter Milan at home on the weekend.

Napoli took the lead courtesy of an own goal in 36th minute but Inter Milan did not take long to find the equaliser in the second half, scoring in the 55th minute to level the game and take a point.

That result means Napoli are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches in all competitions, with the only defeat coming at Juventus in Serie A.

Their home record in Serie A has been excellent and Napoli have remained undefeated in their 7 most recent Serie A fixtures at the Stadio San Paolo, winning 6 of those games. There have been victories over Fiorentina, Parma, Juventus, Benevento, Bologna, and Crotone.

Trends show Napoli have managed to score at least one goal in each of their last 19 matches in Serie A. That includes each of their last 12 home league games.

Lazio come into the match on the back of an entertaining 5-3 home win over Benevento on the weekend. They were 4-1 up after only 48 minutes of the match but allowed Benevento to close the gap to 4-3 with 5 minutes remaining only to secure maximum points with a fifth goal in the 90th minute.

That win for Lazio extends their current winning streak to 4 games in Serie A, with the additional victories coming over Spezia at home plus Udinese and Hellas Verona away.

Trends show Lazio have won each of their last 5 Serie A matches and that includes each of their last two on the road.

Lazio have little trouble in scoring goals when playing away and they have scored at least one goal in 12 of their last 13 away league fixtures. However, Lazio have managed only 3 clean sheets in their last 11 away Serie A matches.

Team news and Napoli will be without Diego Demme who is suspended. David Ospina and Faouzi Ghoulam are likely to be the only two players unavailable for the hosts due to injury.

Lazio travel without the injured duo of Gonzalo Escalante and Luiz Felipe. They are the only two injury concerns for Simone Inzaghi and Lazio should be close to full strength for this game.

This should be an exciting game to watch as both teams know they still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

However, the home form of Napoli suggests they have what it takes to win this match add we could see a home victory with both teams scoring.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Forebet
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Odds
Score
Live
odds
It1
402931
1
3 - 1
2.83
13°
2.05
2.05 3.80 3.50 1 -1 -1
FT
5 - 2(2 - 0)
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- - -
Serie A Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Inter Milano 85 35 26 7 2 79 30 49
2. SSC Napoli 70 35 22 4 9 78 39 39
3. Atalanta Bergamo 69 34 20 9 5 79 40 39
4. Juventus FC 69 34 20 9 5 67 31 36
5. AC Milan 69 34 21 6 7 62 41 21
6. Lazio 64 34 20 4 10 60 51 9
7. AS Roma 55 34 16 7 11 58 53 5
8. Sassuolo Calcio 53 34 14 11 9 56 51 5
9. Sampdoria 45 35 13 6 16 46 52 -6
10. Hellas Verona 42 34 11 9 14 41 42 -1
11. Udinese Calcio 40 35 10 10 15 40 47 -7
12. Bologna FC 40 35 10 10 15 48 57 -9
13. Fiorentina 38 35 9 11 15 47 57 -10
14. Genoa 36 34 8 12 14 40 52 -12
15. Torino FC 34 33 7 13 13 47 56 -9
16. Spezia Calcio 34 35 8 10 17 44 67 -23
17. Cagliari Calcio 32 34 8 8 18 40 57 -17
18. Benevento Calcio 31 34 7 10 17 37 68 -31
19. Parma FC 20 34 3 11 20 36 71 -35
20. FC Crotone 18 34 5 3 26 42 85 -43

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