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  20/09/2015: Preview: Napoli - Lazio
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Lazio return to Italy from the Ukraine after a disappointing draw against Dnipro to face Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. Napoli had a more successful mid-week Europa League match and were easily victorious over Club Brugge by a score of 5-0, alleviating some unrest after a poor start to the season for the Partenopei. We all of course remember the last meeting between Lazio and Napoli which took place in the final round of last seasons Serie A campaign when Lazio emerged victorious by a score of 4-2, securing third place in the league.

Since then, quite a bit has changed for both clubs with several new faces on and off the field. Both Lazio and Napoli have had inconsistent starts to the season trading successful results with disappointing ones and failing to generate any type of consistency. Napoli sit on 2 points in Serie with draws to both Empoli and Sampdoria and a loss to Sassuolo. Napoli will be looking to use the easy victory against Brugge to build momentum and turn a string of wins together in Serie A.

Lazio on the other hand will need to put the Dnipro injury time equalizer behind them and regroup or Napoli will surely make them pay. Lazio must develop a killer instinct and put their opponents away rather than rest on their laurels and hope one goal will see them through to the full three points, lesson learned. Defensively, Lazio must be sharper, there are simply too many notable instances where mental lapses in marking have occurred and this must improve.

Defensively, Mauricio should return in the middle with Gentilleti in favour of Hoedt who played in the centre of defence against Dnipro, De Vrij will not be available. Pioli will likely field a 4-2-3-1 formation, as stated previously this allows him to use his bench more effectively, Parolo, Onazi and Cataldi can all be used in the two deep midfielder roles, Biglia will once again be absent.

Out wide for Lazio it should be Candreva and Anderson picking up starting births. In between them Pioli will likely choose Mauri as his experience will be crucial, Savic performed admirably in this role against Dnipro. Speed will cause havoc for the Napoli defence so do not be surprised to see Keita earn the start with Matri picking up a good chunk of minutes in the second half as a substitute, Djodjevic is still doubtful to make his return from injury. This match will cap off a long week for Lazio and a result here is a step in the right direction and an announcement to the rest of their competitors in Serie A that another challenge for a top three finish is within them.

Forza Lazio!
Author: Michael Petricca
 
 
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