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European match of the weekend: Lazio v Napoli

Two of the top sides in Italy go head-to-head as Lazio host Napoli in Serie A (Saturday 19:45 GMT).

Napoli enter the weekend in second place, just three points behind Juventus, while Lazio are a further six points behind the Partenopei in third.

Should Napoli secure a win away in the Eternal City it will only further enhance their prospects of securing a first Serie A title since Diego Maradona helped them to league glory in 1990.

Napoli's modern-day hero Edinson Cavani is the man to watch, having scored 18 goals and claimed two assists, putting him joint level with midfielder Marek Hamsik in terms of his total contribution to team goals in the Italian top flight.

By contrast, a Lazio side without a win in three games has just lost top scorer Miroslav Klose (10 goals) to injury, and free agent Louis Saha has arrived in a desperate move to add more firepower.

Coach Vladimir Petkovic is without Ederson and Cristian Brocchi too, though thankfully key playmaker Hernanes will be available to play, even if he has to wear a head-guard following a clash in a game against Juventus recently.

Napoli's only selection problem is the absence of Blerim Dzemaili due to suspension, giving Walter Mazzarri a strong selection of players to pick from as he aims to put further pressure on the league leaders.

You can see how the two teams compare over the Serie A season so far in our graphic at the bottom of the page.

Weekend European matches covered on Eurosport-Yahoo!


17:00 - Juventus v Fiorentina

19:00 - Levante v Malaga

19:45 - Lazio v Napoli

21:00 - Real Madrid v Sevilla


11:00 - Barcelona v Getafe

14:00 - Cagliari v AC Milan

19:45 - Inter Milan v Chievo

20:00 - Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid

Lazio v Napoli: How the teams compare