Pepe Reina Napoli
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina reacts after the Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund, November 26. Reuters
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina reacts after the Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund, November 26. Reuters
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina reacts after the Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund, November 26. Reuters

Napoli will look to end a three-match losing streak when they visit Lazio in the Serie A on Monday night.

Rafa Benitez's side have had a bit of a nightmare couple of weeks, losing to Juventus and Parma in the league, before being downed by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, a result which puts their progression to the last 16 in serious jeopardy.

Despite the recent losses, Napoli still sit third in the Serie A table, though, and Benitez wants everyone to look at the bigger picture as the new manager looks to mould his team, with plenty of fresh faces, into a cohesive unit.

"This group of players is working very hard and is very concentrated, and this is why we made such a good start to the championship," Benitez said. "The team are also in the Champions League with nine points, therefore I believe the balance is positive.

"We made a mistake in a difficult moment and were defeated in the match against Parma. This means we should be even more focused on the job we have to do.

"When I was brought here, [club president Aurelio De Laurentiis] talked to me about his project to improve the club and this is what both of us want to do," Benitez said "We want to improve the structure and the club in order to attract important players and convince them to remain in this team. This is our idea."

At the other end, Lazio are struggling for consistency in the Serie A, with manager Vladimir Petkovic particularly peeved by his side's performance last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Sampdoria.

"We did not read the match properly," he said of the draw. "We were not ourselves and we never came to life. We should have played the match differently but we approached it the wrong way.

"Samp showed more hunger even when they were a man down than we did throughout the game. We are a long way off the consistency we're looking for. We need to improve. Our performance at Sampdoria was below par and I expect a response from my players on Monday."

Team news: Lazio will be without Emiliano Alfaro and Stefano Mauri, while Andre Dias, Antonio Candreva and Federico Marchetti are doubts.

Benitez will hope to have skipper Marek Hamsik back in his side, after the influential playmaker missed the Champions League tie. Giandomenico Mesto and Juan Zuniga, however, are sidelined.

Key men: Lazio: Antonio Candreva has been the best all-round player for Lazio this season, and if the playmaker is passed fit, the home side will no doubt look to the 26-year old for goals and assists.

Napoli: Gonzalo Higuain has not scored in the last three games, and the Argentine striker will want to add to his five-goal tally in the Serie A this season.

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 1.30 am IST start with live coverage on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2 in India. You can also catch the match via live streaming by clicking the official link HERE. To catch the action in the U.S., click HERE. Viewers in the U.K. can live stream the game by clicking HERE. Middle East and North Africa viewers, click HERE.