Napoli vs Inter by Enzo
Napoli comes into this match from rather disappointing result last time out, as the team took only a point in a home game against Sassuolo last weekend in a 1:1 draw. They actually started the game better and were more concrete opponent in the first halftime even taking the lead in 42nd minute via Insigne, however didn't use plenty of opportunities to seal the victory and got punished later on for it.
Defrel leveled up the result in 82nd minute and left virtually no time for the home team to respond further, leaving them with two points less than what everyone on the stadium expected. Now Napoli has only one victory in last six official matches, together with a defeat and four draws, record that is beyond any expectations. Furthermore, they fell down to seventh position at the table, having already four more than second and third placed Roma and Milan, but also eight less than leaders from Juventus.
Napoli should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Insigne, Gabbiadini and Callejon as forwards. Their manager Maurizio Sarri may be forced to make some changes, since the team awaits their Champions League clash against Benfica in few days. The team continues to miss striker Arkadiusz Milik (7/4) due injury, plus offensive midfielder/forward Dries Mertens (13/3) due suspension.
Inter, on the other side, comes from a morale boosting victory in front of own fans against Fiorentina 4:2 last Monday evening. They had a terrific start scoring three goals in first twenty minutes (Brozovic, Candreva and Icardi) and the game was already finished then, even though Kalinic managed to reduce the deficit in 37th minute. Viola stood playing with man less few moments later and it was rather easy for the home team not only to obtain a victory, but also to save some energy.
Still, to make things more interesting, Ilicic reduced further in 62nd minute, but Icardi sealed the victory with his second goal during the additional time. This was third game without a defeat for Inter (two victories and a draw), as the team now climbed up to eight position, seven points behind Europa League placed at fifth position Atalanta.
Visitors from Inter are set to play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Icardi as striker, plus Candreva, banega and Perisic as offensive midfielders. Their coach is probably tempted to start with the same lineup that won over Fiorentina last Monday evening. Guests continue to miss central midfielder Gary Medel (10/0), forward Rodrigo Palacio (4/0) and left full back Davide Santon (11/0), all due injuries.
- Inter have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Serie A).
Napoli are nowhere close their full potential and good form and having in mind that they are playing very important match in Champions League against Benfica in just a few days, I can't see them being really strong and a victorious side here. Inter is coming from a morale boosting victory over Fiorentina and even though there are plenty of things to improve in their game-play as well, I'm more than happy to stick with their side this time.