SS Lazio Roma at SSC Napoli
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 2:45 PM (Stadio San Paolo)
Napoli host Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday as the two teams go head-to-head for a place in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia. Napoli beat Perugia 2-0 in the Round of 16, while Lazio thrashed Cremonese 4-0 to reach the last eight.
Napoli have been sliding down the Serie A table in recent months after only managing to win one of their previous 12 league games. Manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked before Christmas, before Gennaro Gattuso took over. However, the new boss has failed to spark an upturn in form.
Gattuso’s side have lost their last three league games. A 3-1 defeat to Inter Milan was followed by a 1-0 loss to Tuesday’s opponents Lazio. Napoli were then beaten 2-0 by Fiorentina in their previous game. This run has seen Napoli slump to thirteenth in the Serie A standings.
Things couldn’t be any more different for Lazio at the moment. The Rome outfit have won their last 11 league games on the bounce and are now sitting comfortably in third. Lazio have lost just two of their 19 league games this term and come into this game in supreme form.
Lazio’s remarkable recent run has been largely down to the goalscoring form of star striker Ciro Immobile. The 29-year-old scored a hat-trick as Lazio hammered Sampdoria 5-1 last time out, taking his overall tally to 23 in 19 league games this season.
After scoring in the win over Cremonese, Immobile has now scored seven goals in his previous four games in all competitions. Lazio’s deadly marksmen is in the form of his life right now, so you’d be foolish to bet against him adding to his tally against Napoli on Tuesday.
I really can’t envisage anything other than a Lazio win here. The contrasting form of the two teams means it’s very difficult for me to make a case for Napoli. With that being said, the bookies have looked at Napoli’s home advantage and made Gattuso’s side the favorite at 2.40 for this matchup. Still, this only enhances Lazio’s odds, so 2.90 for a Lazio win simply cannot be ignored.