Napoli have no room for error as their lead with Juventus has been reduced to a point when they head to the city of Milan to take on Inter this Sunday.
Although the hosts aren’t at their best, it won’t be a walk in the cake for the Partenopei. The visitors will have to give their best to snatch a victory, especially after the defensive resilience shown by Inter Milan when the two teams met in Naples when the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Inter Milan, on the other hand, are also not winning as many matches or scoring as many but, they have kept some great defensive form. They have been able to keep a clean sheet in half of their home matches. It was Inter’s goal to gain a place in the Champions League next season, but the team haven’t been winning a lot lately with 3 draws on the trot. Will they be able to respond big this weekend?
Things have taken a dramatic turnaround for Luciano Saplletti’s men since that 0-0 draw against Napoli, as they have fallen away from the top two and now are fighting for the Champions League spot.
Napoli with some great away form will be difficult to break down. They are unbeaten on the road for 26 league games now with 6 clean sheets in their last 7 away trips showing their defensive resilience.
The Argentine striker will be at the center stage in breaking the defensive line with Napoli showing great defensive resilience. The game will need his individual brilliance if Inter Milan are to defeat their significant others. The team heavily missed Icardi as he was out with a muscle injury, but he will find his rightful place against Napoli, in the starting lineup.
The Italian forward has been significant for Napoli this season for their fight for the Scudetto. With the man of the match performances in the last three consecutive games, he will be a focal point in the game for Inter’s defensive players.
Napoli has been a dominant side in this fixture showing some attacking power and defensive resilience against the Inter side. In the last 10 Serie A meetings, Inter have managed a single win drawing 4 and losing 5 in the process. Inter Milan managed a 0-0 draw last time they met in Naples with some good defensive performances from the team.
Marcelo Brozovic will be in line to operate behind Mauro Icardi, although Rafinha will be an option too for Inter.
At the start of the week, it was doubtful whether Marek Hamsik would be in the fixture, but now he has recovered well and is expected to start against Inter. Arkadiusz Milik could come off the bench after being back to training, while Faouzi Ghoulam is still on the bench.
Inter Milan vs Napoli Lineup (Predicted XI)
Inter Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Nagatomo (LB), Miranda (CB), Skriniar (CB), Ambrosio (RB)
Gagliardini (DM) Vecino (DM)
Perisic (LAM) Valero (CAM) Candreva (RAM)
Napoli Lineup (4-3-3)
Pepe Reina (GK)
Ghoulam (LB), Koulibaly (LCB), Albiol (RCB), Hysaj (RB)
Hamsik(LCM), Jorginho (CM), Allan (RCM)
Insigne (LW), Mertens (ST), Callejon (RW)
Napoli vs Inter Milan Prediction
Napoli had a tough weekend as they lost 2-4 against Roma. Still Dries Mertens with a good scoring spree struck late in his side’s defeat which takes his goals tally to seven in the last seven league games. He has already notched 17 goals this season, and one can expect the Belgian to be a big threat when they visit San Siro this weekend.
Inter Milan will need a big hand from the Belgian if they are to open up this game. But, with both teams showing great defensive resilience in the past few games, it will be a tight clash.
Our Prediction: A 1-0 win for Napoli