Third meets fourth in Serie A action as Inter battle it out with Napoli. The Partenopei have won more league games than the hosts and achieved safe passage to the Europa League Round of 32 in midweek. The mood is not so upbeat in Antonio Conte’s camp after finishing bottom in their respective Champions League group.
Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 16 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Inter vs. Napoli: FreeSports
Last time: Danilo D’Ambrosio and Lautaro Martinez netted either side of half-time during the July contest.
Inter v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Conte is expected to ring the changes as his troops look to bounce back from their European failure. Aleksandar Kolarov, Matteo Darmian and D’Ambrosio are pushing for starts in the backline, while Ivan Perisic, Stefano Sensi and Alexis Sanchez will also be in contention.
Sensi has been plagued by injuries since joining the Milan giants in July 2019 but is back to full health and will be concentrating on regaining his spot in the eleven. The silky recruit from Sassuolo has developed a nice relationship with compatriot Nicolo Barella and Roberto Mancini is a big admirer of the Urbino native.
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|Achraf Hakimi to score anytime||11/1||Offer|
|Inter to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||17/5||Offer|
Sensi is a certainty to go to next summer’s European Championship if he can stay fit and is 17/2 to notch last. One midfielder whose future at Giuseppe Meazza is in doubt is Christian Eriksen.
The Dane has not even been at the club for 12 months and is reportedly on his way out in the January transfer window. Romelu Lukaku will be in the line-up and is 10/3 to open proceedings. The Nerazzurri talisman has been Conte’s standout signing and has contributed 12 goals and two assists in all competitions. Fellow attacker Sanchez is 12/5 to register anytime and Inter are 21/20 to earn victory.
Napoli finished the 2019-20 term in a disappointing seventh but have big ambitions for the present campaign. The Azzurri are a good bet for top four and some experts’ pick for a surprise title bid. Gennaro Gattuso held on to Kalidou Koulibaly and added Victor Osimhen to link up with Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, Fabian Ruiz and Hirving Lozano.
Captain Insigne has been in inspired form in recent weeks and is 24/5 to break the deadlock. Mertens and Lozano are both 4/5 to score anytime but Osimhen is still on the sidelines as he recuperates from a shoulder dislocation. Napoli are 12/5 to emerge triumphant and a stalemate is 5/2.
One to watch for Inter: Kolarov can play in the back three or out wide and is a dead ball specialist. The veteran still loves to get forward and is 13/2 to rocket one in anytime.
One to watch for Napoli: Andrea Petagna offers something different to fleet footed Mertens and Osimhen and will make a nuisance of himself in the closing stages. The burly hitman is 17/4 to bag the final effort.
Long shot: Napoli are dark horses for the championship and have a big enough squad to compete on multiple fronts. The Azzurri hit Roma and Atalanta for four and have collected 12 of a possible 15 points on the road. A 3-1 away result, inflicting more misery on Conte in the process, is 28/1.