One of today’s top Seria A betting picks is our Napoli v Lazio prediction for September 2, 2024. The titleholders from Naples have started the new season strongly with two straight wins. Lazio, however, have been on the exact opposite end as they have recorded two straight losses. This Saturday night, Napoli and Lazio will go head-to-head with home side looking to continue their perfect start while the visitors from Rome will be out to get their first points of the 2023/24 Seria A campaign. Find out what will happen with the most accurate Napoli v Lazio prediction.
New Coach, Same Team
As most of you know, Lucciano Spalletti left Napoli this summer as he wanted to take a year off after the title win and spend more time with his family. Club owner De Laurentiis appointed the Spaniard Rudi Garcia who has previous Seria A experience with Roma. The key word for Garcia so far has been “continuity” as he is looking to build on the championship platform rather than go out for major changes and overhaul. After all, this is a team that’s been playing some excellent football for the past couple of years.
Napoli Off To A Strong Start
The reigning champions have scored five goals in their first two Seria A matches this season. They won the season opener 1:3 at Frosinone, and then they followed it up with a 2:0 win against Sassuolo at home. Victor Osimneh has already scored three goals, which is another great sign for the team. Captain and right back Giovanni Di Lorenzo provided two assists in the first game and grabbed a goal in the second one, so he’s hit the ground running too. Other players that have made a very positive impression thus far have been Politano and Raspadori – the two fast wingers supporting Osimneh.
The good news for the hosts in this Napoli v Lazio prediction and top Seria A betting pick is that Kvaratskhelia should be back in the starting lineup as he missed the opener and had to come off the bench against Sassuolo. Another positive for Rudi Garcia is that new signing Jesper Lindstrom (Denmark international) is also available to make his debut.
Lazio In Trouble
Lazio are led by former Napoli coach Sarri who knows the atmosphere at the Maradona staduim quite well. Although he could not bring the title to Naples during his years at the club, Sarri is still well respected by the fans there. It’s also interesting when a former player or coach makes a return against one of his old stomping grounds.
As mentioned, Lazio have had a poor start to this season and Sarri definitely needs a response from his players in this game, but it could not have come against a more difficult opponent. Lazio have never in their long and rich history stated a season with three straight defeats, but that might as well happen tonight against an in-form Napoli side.
Lazio had a shock 2:1 defeat against Lecce in the opening game despite taking the lead. In the next game, they could not score at home against Genoa and lost as well, 0:1. Lazio did create some chances and Immobile hit the woodwork late in the second half, but you would still expect them to at least get a point at home against a team like Genoa. After all, Lazio finished fourth last season and qualified for the Champions League and have their core players pretty much intact, except for Sergei Milinkovic Savic who was sold to Al Hilal for 50 million Euros this summer. That’s a shame given that SMS is just 28 years old and in the prime of his career, but that’s the sad reality of modern football for you, a bit of greed and lots of oil money.
Team News & Expected Lineups
Both Rudi Garcia and Sarri have fully fit squads to choose from. The reintroduction of Kvara in the starting lineup in place of Raspadori should be the only change that Garcia makes. Sarri is also expected to field the same 11 from Lazio’s last game.
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
Lazio possible starting lineup:
Provedel; Lazzari, Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic; Kamada, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni
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