At 18 pm, Lazio - Napoli will be played on the grounds of the Olympic Stadium.
Both teams are not having a stellar season. Despite this, the match is extremely important in terms of qualifying for the next European club competitions.
Below is the complete list of Mazzarri's squad for Lazio – Napoli.
This post in brief
Napoli call-up list
Mazzarri should aim for 3-4-3. The Neapolitan players called up for the match against Lazio are:
What to expect from Lazio – Naples
Lazio faces Napoli at a crucial moment of the season. After collecting four consecutive victories in Serie A, the Biancocelesti find themselves in full competition for the top four positions. However, the recent 3-0 Italian Super Cup defeat to Inter Milan left its mark, with manager Maurizio Sarri expressing concern about the mental state of his team, describing them as "scared" and "mentally weak".
Despite this, playing at the Olympic Stadium it could be a factor in Lazio's favor, who have recorded just one defeat in their last 12 home games. This positive record will be put to the test by Napoli, who have won the last two direct clashes in Rome. Lazio also has to deal with a growing list of absences, seeking reinforcements in the winter transfer market to improve their chances for the rest of the season.
Napoli comes to this match in a complicated situation, with a reduced squad due to injuries, call-ups to the national team and suspensions. The 1-0 defeat in the Super Cup final against Inter and recent league performances, which have seen Napoli win only one of their last four Serie A matches, have aggravated the climate of frustration. Further rumors regarding the future of striker Victor osimhen and possible changes on the bench add uncertainty to the current context of the Neapolitan club.
Among the players to watch, Matthias Neighbor of Lazio could be under pressure after receiving various cards in the last two matches, while Cyril Ngonge, recently arrived from Verona, could make his debut with Napoli, bringing his offensive impact demonstrated in recent matches with his former team.
A stat worth highlighting: Napoli have won all seven matches in which they have led at half-time this league season, with five of those victories coming on the road.
The match between Lazio and Napoli it promises to be an intense duel, with Lazio trying to recover after the disappointment in the Super Cup and Napoli hoping to reverse a recent negative trend in the championship. It will be a challenge between two teams trying to redeem themselves and obtain crucial points for their seasonal ambitions.