High scoring or not?
On the 20th of January, San Paolo stadium will host the most interesting match in Italy of this match day. The hosts, Napoli, are welcoming Lazio in a match that promises to be high scoring more so than interesting.
Entering this contest the hosts come off an easy Coppa Italia victory against Sassoulo continuing their good form into the second half of the season. It seems that Ancelotti finally got the winning combination figured out and his players rewarded him with stellar play on the pitch.
The guests enter this contest with also a win but against a Serie B side which proved no worthy opponent for them. Lazio didn’t have the best results before the winter break and the form so their form is questionable entering this match. They certainly haven’t played great football this season and are the underdogs in this match.
Napoli, on the other hand, has enjoyed great success against Lazio in the past years winning all 4 of the previous matches they played against them. They outscored their opponents 15:2 in that stretch which only further proves their dominance over the Laziales. It has to be said that both teams are weaker compared to last year, especially the visitors who have seen their offensive and attacking play diminish over this past season.
Tough it is a derby match, in essence, it’s hard to argue that Lazio stands any chance especially at Napoli’s home ground considering the past matches between them, their current squad and also their current form. If the guests decide to be bold and play attacking as they can, we might see a high scoring affair which would certainly please the neutral viewership.