Serie A Soccer Picks for Sunday's Napoli vs. Lazio

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:38 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 28, 2015 4:38 PM GMT

Lazio is essentially assured of 3rd place in the Serie A, but they'll want to close out the regular season on a high note when they take on Napoli. Our top soccer picks for this Italian battle are inside.

Odds Overview
The Blues are classified as the  soccer odds-on favorites here in the season finale. They're quoted at +115 to secure the victory at home, a win that would assure them of the fourth spot in the Serie A standings and a subsequent spot in Europe.

Lazio can be backed at +250 or so to surprise and earn the three points, with a draw listed at just over +250 on the Serie A soccer odds board.

 

Napoli
It hasn't been the most successful of final stretches for Napoli, as the Italian outfit has only managed one win over its last five matches across all competitions. Five days after surviving to win 3-2 at home over Cesena, the Blues were unable to hang with Serie A champion Juventus away, losing 3-1 as the underdogs.

Juventus didn't field its strongest starting XI, yet it still didn't matter, as an early goal in the 13th minute set the tone. Napoli's lone goal came in the 50th minute from David Lopez, but that was the only highlight of the match for the Blues. It was certainly a missed opportunity for Napoli, as they could have taken advantage of another defeat for Lazio and moved into a tie for third. Instead, the Blues now have to put forth a good performance this weekend to stay fourth.

Individually, Gonzalo Higuain has been the top goalscoring threat, as he's amassed 16 league goals heading into the final league playday of the season. Jose Callejon has contributed too, scoring 11 times, while the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini, Marek Hamsik, Daniel Zapata and Dries Mertens have all been involved in attack too.

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Lazio
It was a rough week for the Eagles, as they lost to Juventus in the Coppa Italia (in extra time no less) and then lost 2-1 at home to Roma in their final home league match of the season. 

However, it looks to be a certainty that Lazio will finish in third place, unless they lose by 13 goals or so this weekend. The Eagles have enjoyed a rather successful league campaign, compiling 66 points through 37 matches while posting a goal differential of +31, the second-best mark in all of Serie A behind only the league champions. Solid away form has aided Lazio's journey in league play, as they've picked up eight wins, five draws and five losses, with 27 goals for and only 18 against.

Who have the danger men been for the Eagles going forward? Miroslav Klose, in all of his 36-year-old glory, led the team with 12 league goals, with Brazilian Felipe Anderson chipping in with 10 goals himself. The likes of Stefano Mauri, Marco Parolo, Antonio Cadreva and Filip Djordjevic have all scored at least nine goals apiece too. There's been a nice balance in attack for Lazio this term.

 

Serie A Pick
We expect plenty of motivation on the field here. Though Lazio is all but locked into the third spot, they'll want to rid their demons and close out the regular season with some positivity after losing consecutive matches to Juventus and Roma.

Then there's Napoli, who need at least a point out of this match to ensure that they'll end up in the fourth spot. Fiorentina is close behind and could make things interesting by getting all three points this weekend, but it's clear the Blues are in the driver's seat.

Needless to say, when the third and fourth-placed teams meet up, you can expect a highly competitive match with very little separating the two outfits. With that being said, we're going to recommend a draw as we finalize our soccer picks for the weekend.

Soccer Pick: Napoli 1 Lazio 1

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