Biancoceleste has long been absent in Champions League. Next year will be the perfect time for their return as this season they have been in their peak form. Simone Inzaghi’s men are sitting on the third of the table and have been able to defeat the reigning champions, Juventus twice, including in Super Coppa Italia last month. This weekend they will be hosting Napoli, the runner-ups in Serie A for the past few seasons. It is inevitably one of the most anticipated games in Italian top tier division.
Lazio continues their positive trends in 2019. They were able to crush Brescia with a convincing comeback last weekend. Brescia took the lead first by Mario Ballotelli but Lazio responded with Ciro Immobile’s brace. It was their ninth consecutive wins this season.
Meanwhile, Napoli under Gennare Gattuso has not been able to pick up stability. Their campaign was disappointing when they faced off Inter Milan. Lorenzo Insigne and Co were beaten by Inter Milan 1-3. The visitors scored goals by Romelu Lukaku’s brace and Lautaro Martinez’s striker, whereas the home side could only find the back of the net by Arkadiusz Milik.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Simone Inzaghi has been employing 3-5-2 most of the time or sometimes 3-5-1-1 since his first day as a manager in Lazio. He counts on the Italian international Ciro Immobile. This former Torino and Borussia Dortmund frontman is accompanied by the Argentinean Joaquin Correa as the second striker. Luckily only two players are ruled out, Marco Parolo due to suspension and Jordan Lukaku due to his injury.
Lazio: Thomas Strakosha; Luiz Felipe, Stefanu Radu, Francesco Acerbi ; Senad Lulic, Adam Marusic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ; Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile.
Gennare Gattuso seems to be deploying 4-3-3 formation. He relies on the Poland international Arkadiusz Milik supported by Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon. He should rotate the frontmen to give more variation on their attacks. Hirving Lozano can be a good option for that. However, some players are on the sidelines due to their injury such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam, Kevin Malcuit, Nikola Maksimovic and Dries Mertens.
Napoli: Alex Meret; Kostas Manolas, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Mario Rui, Sebastian Luperto ; Fabian Ruiz, Allan, Pietr Zielinski; Lorenzo Insigne, Arkadiusz Milik, Hirving Lozano.
Il Partenopei is the dominant side in the head-to-head encounters. They have been unbeaten with five wins in the last six meetings. Yet, Ciro Immobile and Co has more convincing results lately. They won in their last nine games in Serie A.
Inzaghi’s men seem to have all it takes to achieve another win in this fixture, especially if Gatusso does not consider making changes in their tactical approach. The absence of Koulibaly apparently leaves quite a hole in Napoli’s defence.
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