Napoli vs Inter by Enzo
Napoli had one of the most difficult matches on the road in Serie A last weekend, but the team managed to walk away with a three pointer as they visited Roma and celebrated narrow 1:0 victory thanks to an early goal scored by Insigne in 20th minute. They probably even deserved to score another goal in the first halftime, while the second one was a bit more balanced, but still with the visitors remaining more stable out of these two sides.
Thanks to this victory, they kept the one hundred percentage winning rate having now eight victories out of eight rounds, leading the table with twenty-four points earned, two more than second placed Inter and maybe more importantly - five points more than third placed Juventus. During the midweek, they suffered 2:1 defeat in Champions League against Manchester City away from home being punished for entering slow and somehow maybe afraid into the match as they conceded two goals in first fifteen, but then have shown better performance.
Napoli continues in 4-3-3 formation with Insigne, Mertens and Callejon as forwards. Forward Arkadiusz Milik (3/1) remains sidelined with injury, while offensive Lorenzo Insigne has avoided muscle tear but remains doubtful for this one.
Inter, on the other side, is doing well into the new season having seven victories and just one draw so far (away to Bologna), being second at the table and now await surely the most important game so far in the season and wanting to impress further. In the most recent match, they managed to get a 3:2 victory in front of own fans against Milan last Sunday evening.
However, it must be said that the opponents from Milan actually had a very good game and that the final result could have been very different on some other day. Inter was taking the lead twice, via Icardi in 28th and 63rd minute, but the guests showed great fighting spirit however the hosts were awarded a penalty in 90th minute which Icardi converted into the goal and there was no time anymore for the guests to react.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Icardi as number nine, plus Candreva, Valero and Perisic. Offensive midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (5/2) remains out and injured.
- Napoli are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 home matches against Inter.
Even though just two points separate these two sides so far at the table, I have full confidence that Napoli has what it takes to get a victory here comfortably. Inter seems "younger" as a team, perhaps have had some luck in previous matches, but this time I can't see them walking away with something.