Lazio vs. NapoliBy: Neil | February 8th, 2013
3rd vs. 2nd… I think this one counts as a big match no? Christian Maggio returns from a broken hand to play, and Hernanes is tipped to start after getting concussed about a week ago. Make no mistake, this is a game where nothing is held back, and everything is given on the pitch. The last time Napoli was in Rome it was May and a memorable Coppa Italia triumph followed. This time Napoli are retracing their steps in the hope of a similar outcome. It won’t be easy as Lazio is having a great campaign. At home they are particularly tough racking up 9 wins in 12 matches, but Napoli will be up for the challenge.
Napoli’s only doubt is Hugo Campagnaro who played a full 90 minutes for Argentina during the week, although if he can prove his fitness he should get the start over Gamberini. Other than that, Napoli has a full starting lineup to choose from although Maggio hasn’t played in a while.
De Sanctis – Campagnaro/Gamberini, Cannavaro, Britos – Maggio, Behrami, Inler, Zuniga – Hamsik – Pandev, Cavani.
Lazio is without Miroslav Klose who has scored 10 goals this season, many of them decisive. But there are other attacking threats like Hernanes (8 goals) and Antonio Candreva (4 goals) so Napoli’s defence will be tested. Throw in Sergio Floccari, who always seems to score against Napoli, and Lazio will believe they can score.
Marchetti – Konko, Biava, Dias, Radu – Ledesma – Candreva, Hernanes, Mauri, Gonzalez – Floccari
This should be a very tense match and I can’t foresee too may goals. Lazio have a great record at home and are tough to beat, while Napoli have conceded just 9 goals in 11 away games. I won’t say this one has draw written all over it, but I’m not smart enough to say which team will have the talent and composure to get a decisive goal.
Prediction: Lazio 0 Napoli 0
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