Prediction and odds for the game: Napoli (19/10) v Lazio (5/4)
We are backing the draw at odds of 14/5
When: Saturday, 1st August 2020, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The San Paolo
On Saturday night, Napoli host Lazio at the San Paolo in Serie A, as both teams look to finish their campaigns in the Italian top-flight on a winning note.
Despite some good moments and a revival under Gennaro Gattuso, Napoli failed to qualify for European football for next season. A 2-0 defeat at Inter last time out left the Neapolitan’s four points behind sixth-place AC Milan. The defeat means that the home side will finish seventh place in the table.
Napoli’s recent league form has been highly inconsistent, as they have won just two of their previous six Serie A games, suffering defeats in two of their last three top-flight outings. Their recent Serie A matches have not all been high-scoring of late, but ten of their previous 11 league matches have produced at least two goals.
While Napoli’s recent league form has been inconsistent in general, Gattuso’s team has been hard to beat on home soil in Serie A of late, as they are undefeated in nine league outings at the San Paolo. The Azzurri have a good recent record against Lazio, winning six of the last seven meetings with the visitors in all competitions.
The visitors have already confirmed their place in the Champions League for next season. However, they could still finish second in the table Inter and Atalanta draw in their Saturday night encounter.
Simone Inzaghi’s team looked like the most likely challengers to eventual champions Juventus in the fight for the Scudetto before the break in the action in March. However, since football has returned, the wheels have fallen off for the team from the Italian capital.
A three-game winning run in their last three league games was proceeded by a run in which Lazio had failed to win in five games, four of which they lost. Lazio have also returned to their prolific best of late in front of goal, scoring at least twice in all three recent victories. Inzaghi’s team finding the net regularly is not a major surprise, as only Atalanta and Inter have scored more goals than the visitors this season.
Lazio have been highly inconsistent on their travels in Serie A, winning just two of their previous six league games on the road.
Neither of these teams has much to play for, but Lazio have the better form of the two sides. However, Napoli are strong at home and a bit of a bogey team for the visitors. We are backing this game to finish all-square. The other bet we are backing is Ciro Immobile to find the net at anytime, as the veteran Lazio forward is targeting the golden boot in Serie A.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds 14/5 and/or Ciro Immobile to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 4/6. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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