Wimbledon day 5 review
Stan Wawrinka will need to be sharp against Juan Martin Del Potro in a Round 2 match that promises to be an intriguing affair. Following that Serena will grace Centre Court against McHale her countrywoman and Roger Federer will meet another Brit this time Daniel Evans. Venus will also feature early on Friday against Russian 29th seed Kasatkina, followed by Novak Djokovic as he takes on Querrey the 28th seeded American. Not to be left out of a very American theme on the major courts Jack Sock will take on Canadian Milos Raonic, knowing he has just 1 win from 8 meetings between the pair. In what promises to be a showy display of tennis as well as looks, Kyrgios takes on Dustin Brown. Another highly interesting matchup pits Halep and Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, each of them are 24 year olds and have 1 win apiece in prior meetings, Bertens gets my vote for an upset given her splendid recent form.
Lucie Safarova will need to be wary of Cepelova following her terrific display against Muguruza, and surely is hoping that the Slovak may be weary following the triumph. An all German affair between Angelique Kerber and Carina Witthoeft will be a spectacle as each of them have been playing exceptionally well here on the grass. Alize Cornet and Madison Keys is another quality 3rd Round match, with Keys the clear favourite given her form and 2-0 record against the Frenchwoman.
Napoli vs. Lazio
Napoli come into this game knowing that this is a must win scenario for them if they want to stay in contention of the title. They are already 7 points behind league leaders Juventus and further misery was compounded on them this week when they lost to Juventus 2-1 and also were held to a draw mid-week in the Champions League in a game which most expected them to win. Napoli have slipped down to 5th on the table after a good start to the season. The form for the hosts hasn’t been good in recent weeks and this is seen in the 2-1-4 win-draw-loss record. They have managed to keep a single clean sheet in the last 7 games in all competitions and this came against lowly Empoli. They have conceded 2 or more goals in 3 games and this is a constant source of worry for the manager as they take on Lazio who aren’t shy of scoring goals. On the other side, Napoli have found it easy to score goals in all of their home games. They have scored in all of their 7 games at home and have scored 2 or more in 6 out of those.
Lazio, on the other hand, come into this game in the pink of form with a 4-2-0 record in the last 6 games in all competitions. They defeated Sassuolo 2-1 last weekend which helped them move above Napoli on the table. The visitors are in great scoring form as well with having netted in the last 6 games and 2 or more goals in 5 of those 6 games. The only thing which might be a source of worry for the visiting side is that they have managed to beat Napoli only once in the last 6 visits to Napoli’s home ground, a fact which wouldn’t be lost on both the teams.
Goals look a surety in this game but Napoli should have that extra edge along with a bit of history to aid them when it comes to nicking the game. However, if Lazio were to take all 3 points out of this game, then this would be the best time. Rather than backing a clear winner, its safer to back both teams to find the net and also backing at least 3 goals to be scored in the game.