Coppa Italia, Napoli vs Lazio: Preview, Lineups, Prediction

By Jerry Mancini -

Napoli vs Lazio: Match Preview

Napoli vs Lazio

Napoli host Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo in the Quarter-Finals of the 2019/20 Coppa Italia.

The two sides have met five times in the Coppa Italia before from December of 2007 to April of 2015; the Biancocelesti have won on two occasions, the Partenopei have won on one occasion and there have been two draws. In more recent times, in this year’s edition of the competition, Lazio defeated Cremonese 4-0 while Napoli defeated Perugia 2-0 in the Round of 16.

In regards to form in the Serie A this campaign, Simone Inzaghi’s team sits in third with a record of 14W-3D-2L (45 points), while Gennaro Gattuso’s side sits in eleventh with a record of 6W-6D-8L (24 points); the last round of Italian football saw the Biancocelesti defeat Sampdoria 5-1 and the Partenopei lose to Fiorentina 2-0.

Napoli vs Lazio: Expected Lineups

Simone Inzaghi - Source: Sports Illustrated
Simone Inzaghi – Source: Sports Illustrated

Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Acerbi, Luiz Felipe, Bastos; Lulic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Lazzari; Immobile, Caicedo.

Gennaro Gattuso, Source- Getty Images
Gennaro Gattuso, Source- Getty Images

Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Mario Rui, Luperto, Manolas, Di Lorenzo; Lobotka, Demme, Fabian Ruiz; Insigne, Milik, Lozano.

Napoli vs Lazio: Key Takeaways

Lazio finds themselves in fine form heading into this encounter winning eleven straight matches; they are unbeaten in their last fourteen matches in the Serie A.

Ciro Immobile continues to impress for Lazio this season as the striker leads the league with 23 goals and was vital in their recent match against Sampdoria scoring a hat-trick.

In the last five games under new manager Gattuso, Napoli has managed to win just once. Furthermore, they continue to struggle overall this season as they have won just once in their last twelve matches in the Serie A.

Napoli vs Lazio: Prediction

This match takes place after Lazio won 5-1 at the Stadio Olimpico against Sampdoria. It was a deserved result for the Biancocelesti who were the stronger side for most of the match. Ciro Immobile continues to lead the way up front, scoring his league-leading 21st, 22nd and 23rd goal of the season in the match. The Italian scored the winning goal and helped the Biancocelesti secure three points. Sampdoria’s last victory against Lazio dated back to April 2016 and that drought will continue after their 5-1 loss.

As for the Partenopei, their struggles continue this season after losing 2-0 against Fiorentina at the San Paolo. The team has shown signs of inconsistency and poor form this season which has prevented the team from winning matches. Napoli has won only once in their last five matches and will hope to get back into the win column versus Lazio. In their recent match against Fiorentina, Federico Chiesa led the way with one goal to help the Viola further themselves away from the relegation zone. Napoli made a coaching change early in December replacing Carlo Ancelotti with Gennaro Gattuso. However, the results have not fared much better with the ex-Milanisti having a record of one win, four losses and no draws in his five matches in Serie A with the club. Napoli continues to be their own enemy in their matches with mistakes that should be avoided.

Lazio will look to take advantage of a fragile club that has found it difficult to win this season, while Napoli will face a club that is highly motivated at the moment as they have won their last eleven matches and are unbeaten in their last fourteen games.

Prediction: Napoli 1 -2 Lazio

Tags Biancocelesti Coppa Italia Gennaro Gattuso Lazio Napoli Partenopei San Paolo