Inter Milan vs Napoli
NAP VS INT MATCH PREVIEW:
It’s not an easy task to knock Juventus off their comfortable perch, but Napoli seem to be the team to end Old Lady’s domestic dominance.
Till last week, Napoli were doing everything perfectly in Serie A, at least matching Juventus’ results and not allowing them marching in front of them in the table. The Naples also had the destiny in their own hands as they had four points lead over the defending champions.
But the events of last week have changed the situation quite dramatically. First it was Paulo Dybala’s 93-minute goal that gave Juventus all three-points which looked like slipping away from their grasp, and second, Roma stunned the league leaders 4-2 at their own den, meaning Juventus have the destiny in their hands now.
It’s Napoli who will be playing the catch-up game now.
Inter Milan, on the other hand, are indulged in a top-4 battle. The gap between 3rd placed Roma and 5th placed Inter is only 5 points, but the Nerazzurri have played two games less than the side from Rome. So they are well placed in achieving that target.
For once, Inter were leading the charge in Serie A when Mauro Icardi was firing on all cylinders. But his sudden dip in the form saw Inter went winless in 10 straight games, even putting Luciano Spalletti’s position under serious trouble. But two wins in the last three games have given him some sorts of room to devise his tactics for the business end of the season.
When: March 12th, 01:15 AM IST
Where: San Siro, Milan Trafford, Manchester
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Inter Milan – D D D W L W
Napoli – W L W W W L
NAP vs INT TEAM NEWS:
Luciano Spalletti doesn’t have any injury concern with all his players available for selection, so they shouldn’t see any big changes. Marcelo Brozovic is pushing for a place in the number 10 role, with Inter struggling going forward.
Handanovic (GK); Cancelo, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Vecino, Perisic, Brozovic, Candreva, Icardi
Arkadiusz Milik returned to full training last week but is still lacking match fitness. We are expecting him on the bench only.
Marek Hamsik is also expected to start after recovering from his injury.
Though, Mario Rui was poor in the loss to Roma. He is still seen as a better candidate than Christian Maggio.
Reina (GK); Rui, Koulibaly, Albiol, Hysaj, Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan, Insigne, Mertens, Callejon
Inter Milan- 18 times Italian Champions
Napoli- 2 times Italian Champions
Inter Milan – Icardi, Perisic, Candreva
Napoli – Insigne, Hamsik, Jorginho
Some key stats:
- Inter Milan have a very poor decent record against Napoli. They have won just one game against the Naples in that period- Losing five times, and drawing the other four games.
- Napoli suffered their 700th loss in top-flight Italian football against Roma last week.
- Inter Milan are unbeaten in their last five Serie A home games.
- The loss against Roma ended Napoli’s 10 game winning streak.
- But the Naples are unbeaten in their last 26 away games this season.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Napoli are the entertainers as they are the team with most goals to their name in Serie A this season. Not only they are good in attacking sense, but their defense has conceded only 19 goals this season, putting them at 2nd place and behind only, no need to guess here, Juventus.
But Inter are playing at home and San Siro has its own soul when it comes to big games. We are expecting a tough game for both the teams.
A 1-1 scoreline looks a winning bet.
NOTE: THIS NAP VS INT MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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