Lazio vs Napoli Prediction, 12/20/2020 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lazio vs Napoli
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Location: Stadio Olimpico in Roma, Italy
Odds/Point Spread: Lazio (+155) Napoli (+140)
Hirving Lozano and Napoli (8-0-4, 6th in Serie A) head to Stadio Olimpico on Sunday where they'll meet Lazio (5-3-4, 9th in Serie A). The expected starting goaltenders will be Thomas Strakosha for Lazio and David Ospina for Napoli. The line on this matchup has Lazio coming in at +155 and the Blues are at +140. The total has been set at 2.5.
Lazio took the field against Benevento in their most recent game and finished with a draw with a score of 1-1. Lazio tried 9 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 6 of the attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 90.8% received passes percentage by converting 602 of the 663 targeted passes last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, Lazio finished at a 15.4% rate by hitting 2 shots on target out of 13 shots. Lazio has an average of 1.50 goals per 90 minutes (18 goals in total) and have accumulated 11 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Ciro Immobile is a guy who should impact this matchup for Lazio. He has totaled 39 assists while tallying 49 yellow card cautions during his career. Immobile has had a starting assignment in 265 outings in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.68 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Italy has totaled 177 goals in 23,455 professional minutes played. Someone else who should impact this match is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the midfielder representing Spain. He has helped a teammate on a goal 23 times thus far in his career and he has scored 40 goals. Milinkovic-Savic has been on the pitch for 15,901 mins during 181 starting assignments and has been given a total of 45 yellow cards. He averages 0.23 goals per 90 during his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Lazio is Thomas Strakosha. Strakosha (75-33-39 record during his soccer career) has accumulated 41 shutouts, which gives him a 27.9% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper from Greece has had 576 shots sent his way in 147 career starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.24 (183 goals conceded) and his save % is .726. Strakosha has defended the goal for a total of 13,275 mins and has tallied 415 stops so far in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Napoli went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against Inter Milan. Napoli earned a 83.3% successful dribble rate by connecting on 10 out of the 12 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 594 out of their 643 attempted passes for a rate of 92.4%. Napoli had 3 shots attempted out of the team's 17 shots attempted earning them a 17.6% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 26 goals and 19 assists in all their matches, Napoli sports an average of 2.36 goals and 1.73 assists per 90 min.
Hirving Lozano will be someone to watch for Napoli. The forward from Mexico has been on the field for 14,667 mins while he has scored 72 goals. He has 31 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 37 times. He currently averages 0.44 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 169 matches so far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Dries Mertens, the forward representing Belgium. He has 179 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 119 times. Mertens has earned himself a total of 51 yellow card warnings in 31,860 professional minutes played (357 starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.51.
David Ospina will be looking after the goal for Napoli. Thus far in his career, Ospina has conceded 289 goals while earning 782 stops in 255 starts. He has allowed 1.15 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 105-62-86. He sports a save % of .734 and his clean sheet rate is currently 33.7%. Ospina has accumulated 86 shutouts and has seen 1,068 shots tried against him in 22,711 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Napoli (+140)
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