Immobile goes for Higuain's record at San Paolo
Napoli host Lazio in one of the more intriguing curtain closers in Serie A on Saturday. With five fixtures on each day this weekend, the White and Sky Blues’ trip to Naples looks like a cracker for the neutral. Both sides have been disappointing since the resumption of play with Lazio dropping out of the title race to fourth place and Napoli being overtaken by AC Milan to earn a spot in the Europa League in sixth. This match is a chance to create a good lasting memory of this season in the minds of supporters and each club’s hierarchy.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last six home league games and two thirds of their Serie A games at the San Paolo have seen both teams get on the scoresheet. Despite slipping to fourth, Simone Inzaghi’s men can still attain a respectable second placed finish with a win depending on the fortunes of Inter Milan and Atalanta. Both teams have scored in a large 77.78% of the visitors’ league games.
Ciro Immobile has been on fire in recent weeks, gunning his way towards an inevitable golden boot, stretching the gap to four goals between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo. A brace in this encounter would see Immobile break Gonzalo Higuain’s record for the most goals ever scored in a Serie A season. He is sat on an incredible 35 goals from 36 league outings. The 30-year-old has been outstanding since joining the club from Sevilla, tallying league goal hauls of 23, 29 and 15 but this term he has been on another level. We are talking silly numbers at 35 goals, the campaign of his career.
Immobile’s partner in crime is goalscoring midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbia international has scored in each of the sides’ last two and has contributed seven goals and four assists this season. Always capable of the spectacular with his long-range shooting ability, the 25-year-old will be on a lot of transfer shortlists with Europe’s biggest clubs in the transfer window. Gennaro Gattuso will need to prepare for the threat he poses, or his team will crumble under the pressure, Milinkovic-Savic can both dictate proceedings from a deeper role and drive his team on with surging runs and progressive passing.
It could go goal crazy due to the nature of there being little to play for. Both sides have struggled for clean sheets this season.