As the race for Champions League places in the Serie A tightens up, attention shifts to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Stadium this Thursday as 5th placed Napoli hosts the red hot Lazio, who are just 2 points adrift in 6th place.
With everything to play for, we can expect an exciting contest here. For this game, we will highlight 1xBet betting app’s prices for our tips.
Napoli became the first team in Serie A to take points off of runaway leaders Inter Milan in almost three months as they battled out to a 1-1 draw in Sunday night absorbing fixture at this very venue. They were on course for a famous win after taking the lead in the first half through a disastrous own goal by Inter’s keeper Handanovic but a Christian Eriksen’s second-half effort earned Inter a share of the spoils.
This result was probably a fair reflection of the game and it left Napoli just two points off of fourth-placed Juventus who have been out of sorts in recent weeks as the defence of their title goes up in flames.
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso who came under fire following their exit from Europa League has managed to steer the ship they are within an earshot of getting back into the table of men.
In-form Lazio thrashed Benevento 5-3 in their weekend match for their fifth successive Serie A win that saw them move up to sixth of the log, just two points shy of their host, with a game in hand, as they make a late surge to try and get back to Champions League places as well having just been eliminated from this year’s edition by Bayern in the round of 16.
That exit seems to have lit a fire on their backsides as they have gone on this incredible winning streak following the departure. Extending the streak in Naples will be a huge ask given the form Napoli has been on themselves.
Confidence is high in the squad though as they seek to get a strong finish to the season. Ciro Immobile who bagged a brace at the weekend will lead the lines yet again as he tries to catch up to Ronaldo who looks set to wrestle the Capocannoniere crown from him.
Lazio have indeed been on a terrific run. But a closer assessment of the games shows they have made the most of a relatively friendly fixture list over the last few game weeks. This will be a real test of their resolve and ability to make a return to the Champions League. Napoli have also been in great form themselves particularly at home. We are therefore expecting a closely contested game here particularly to start the match and we are backing these two heavyweights to be level at the break @ 2.23 as our initial betting prediction for this clash.
Both teams have shown an affinity to attack with reckless abandon and we do not see that changing overnight. They will have a go at each other at any opportunity. The corner market could provide some rewards in this scenario. Over 9.5 corners @ 1.79 on Melbet Welcome Bonus looks juicy enough and we are picking it as our final prediction here.
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