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Napoli and Lazio ready for attacking Coppa Italia clash

Napoli will host Serie A rivals Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo in a crucial Coppa Italia semi-final encounter, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Rome

Napoli will host Serie A rivals Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo for the second leg of their Coppa Italia matchup, having previously drawn 1-1 in Rome.

Rafael Benitez’s high-flying Italian top-flight outfit made sure they didn’t leave the Stadio Olimpico empty handed, after Manolo Gabbiadini struck before the hour mark to cancel out Miroslav Klose’s opener.

There is sure to be plenty of attacking talent on show in Naples, with both sides boasting a variety of ferocious forwards capable of securing a place in the final.

Astute Argentine attacker Gonzalo Higuain has fired in an incredible six goals in his previous three Serie A outings against Lazio, including a sublime hat-trick last year.

The Napoli sharpshooter is a brilliant best priced 9/2 with Sky Bet to open proceedings in his latest cup appearance, having done so in a domestic league encounter in January. In-form centre forward Higuain has netted 23 times in all competitions this current campaign, including a recent Europa League treble last month, and he will be aiming to add to that impressive tally.

Meanwhile, the visitors will be hoping their veteran finisher Klose can continue a recent rampant run and fire the Little Donkeys towards a Coppa Italia final appearance. The former Germany international striker is a 21/10 chance with 888sport to net anytime, having enjoyed a successful spell in front of goal over the past year.

Clinical Klose became the all-time top World Cup scorer last summer in Brazil and he has converted his international form on to the club stage with Stefano Lotito’s side. The former Bayern Munich marksman has slotted home five goals in his previous six matches in all competitions, including the vital first leg opener last month, and has reached an impressive tally of 12 for the present term.

Napoli’s Spanish international forward Jose Callejon has nine strikes this term and scored in last season’s 4-2 league triumph over their opponents. The former Real Madrid forward is a 15/8 chance with Bet365 to net anytime at the Stadio San Paolo in this potentially enthralling Coppa Italia second leg.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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