We have two important fixtures today in Serie A, Lazio – Juventus and Napoli – AS Roma. The second one starts at 19:45 GMT, on “Sao Paolo”.
Napoli – Is three months shy of the Scudetto the fans have wanted since Maradona was playing here. For now, the Neapolitans are first in Serie A, with 69 points from 26 fixtures, 60-15 aggregate. Has the best defense in the league, alongside Juventus, surprising considering that the team barely has any backup on either position in the back. When Ghoulam injured himself, they had to bring Mario Rui. And with Chiriches on the sideline, that means that Albiol and Koulibaly will have no rest time. At home, Napoli has 10 consecutive wins, but suffered two defeats, one in Coppa Italia, against Atalanta, and in Europa League, against RB Leipzig, that cost the club both competitions. Hamsik is doubtful, but we expect him to be in the starting line-up.
Probable line-up: Reina; Rui, Koulibaly, Albiol, Hysaj; Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan; Insigne, Mertens, Callejon
AS Roma – Has had a terrible 2018 start, with no victory in the month of January. Bounced back to win three in a row in Serie A, only to have now two consecutive defeats – 1-2 against Shakhtar, in Champions League, and 0-2, at home, with AC Milan. Di Francesco’s men are having issues converting goal opportunities, with Dzeko not being the same goalscorer he once was. The 31-years old striker has scored just one goal in the last six matches. However, his team has managed to score in the last five away games. Fifth in the championship, with 50 points from 26 matches, AS Roma is just one points away from the Champions League spots. Lorenzo Pellegrini is injured and will not take any part in this contest.
Probable line-up: Alisson; Kolarov, Fazio, Manolas, Florenzi; Strootman, De Rossi; Perotti, Nainggolan, Under; Dzeko
Napoli – AS Roma – Prediction
On “Olimpico”, Napoli won 1-0, with Insigne scoring the winner in the 20th minute. but last season, on “San Paolo”, the visitors won 3-1. It’s an open contest, despite Roma’s ups and downs this year. “We can not afford to lose. Last year with Sassuolo we got two draws, but only with the right attitude we did it. Despite the ranking, we can do well in Naples, we need to make results because the more we go forward the less there is the possibility of recovering to go there to take a seat in the Champions League,” said Di Francesco, according to Gazzetta. Under is the man to look after for the visitors, while the Napoli upfront trio is expected to make another great match.
Prediction: goals in both halves, odds 1.60
Napoli - AS Roma