Lazio vs. Napoli: Serie A – Match Preview

The Serie A season starts this weekend and the stand out opening fixture is Lazio against Napoli.

Lazio have managed to keep Sergei Savic so far, however lost defender Stefan de Vrij to rivals Inter.

Their stand out signing so far has been Milan Badlej from Fiorentina, although Francesco Acerbi has also joined.

Napoli have managed to keep ahold of most of their key players this summer, however Jorginho has left the club.

Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as the clubs manager in the summer, replacing Maurizio Sarri who left for Chelsea.

Match history
Napoli won both meetings 4-1 last season as they ran Juventus close for the title.

Lazio have a poor record against Napoli, winning just one of the last 13 league meetings.

Last five Serie A meetings
Napoli 4 Lazio 1 – 10/02/18
Lazio 1 Napoli 4 – 20/09/17
Lazio 0 Napoli 3 – 09/04/17
Napoli 1 Lazio 1 – 05/11/16
Lazio 0 Napoli 2 – 03/02/16

Both teams to score – 10/17 with Betfred

Team news
Jordan Lukaku is injured for Lazio, meaning Riza Durmisi will start in the left wing back role.

Lazio are without three banned players including the former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Napoli’s new first choice keeper Alex Meret is injured and will miss the season opener.

Marco Rui will continue from left-back with Faouzi Ghoulam injured from last campaign.

Expected starting XI’s
Lazio (3-4-3): Strakosha; Wallace, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Badlej, Parolo, Durmisi; Savic, Immobile, Alberto
Napoli (4-3-3): Karnezis; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui; Allan, Hamsik, Ruiz; Callejon, Milik, Insigne

Predictions

Result: Draw (12/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Jose Callejon (2/1 with Betfred)

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