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Napoli and Lazio get ready for a titanic clash at the Stadio Maradona this weekend. This is the game between last season’s champions and the runner-up. However, the two teams have made contrasting starts to the 2023-24 season. Therefore, the upcoming match could be a lot more one-sided than ever before.
Napoli vs Lazio Predicted Lineups and News
Napoli – Can Napoli Keep Up Their Perfect Record?
Napoli head into the game with a 100% record after having picked up comfortable wins over Frosinone and Sassuolo. Manager Rudi Garcia will be aware that there will be a lot more of the tougher tests for his team, but it was crucial that they made a winning start. Napoli have already opened up a lead over several teams in the Italian Serie A table even after just two matches. Crucially, the club have been able to take continuity quite well. After the spectacular achievement of last season, Rudi Garcia was always going to be under pressure, but he seems to be doing pretty well up until now.
Team news: Napoli
Napoli head into the game with no injury concerns providing manager Rudi Garcia with the luxury of choosing from his best starting line-up. Napoli do have the presence of a new player in the form of Jesper Lindstrom, who will be available for this match. Similarly, Napoli could hand a start to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has just returned from a spell on the sidelines.
Napoli Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Alex Meret, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Mathias Olivera, A. Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski, Matteo Politano, Victor Osimhen, K. Kvaratskhelia
Lazio – Can Maurizio Sarri Avoid Unwanted History?
Lazio have struggled quite a lot even going back to last season. Since April, the team has been struggling to pick up victories and manager Maurizio Sarri is coming under immense pressure after watching his team suffer back-to-back defeats at the start of the season. Interestingly, Lazio have never suffered three consecutive defeats at the start of any league campaign in their illustrious history. A big hope for Lazio will be the performance of Ciro Immobile, who continues to be the shining light for the team in the final third. Ciro Immobile, though, has failed to come up with the goods in the opening two matches. Lazio need a good performance from the veteran to have any chance of getting anything out of the match.
Team news: Lazio
Lazio have been able to present former Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi as the new signing from Marseille. However, coach Maurizio Sarri is likely to keep an unchanged line-up from the recent loss against Genoa. Lazio only have a couple of players sidelined because of injury problems. Pedro is rated as a doubt for the game with an ankle problem. Elseid Hysaj is suffering from an Achilles injury that may prevent him from featuring against his former team.
Lazio Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Ivan Provedel, Manuel Lazzari, Nicolo Casale, Alessio Romagnoli, Adam Marusic, Daichi Kamada, Danilo Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile, Mattia Zaccagni
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