Napoli battle Inter for a place in the Coppa Italia final. The Azzurri go in to the second-leg with a one-goal advantage after Fabian Ruiz’s effort in Milan and Gennaro Gattuso will know progress to the showpiece event on 17 June should all but secure his place in the dugout for the following season.
Where and when: Stadio San Paolo, Napoli – 13 June, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Napoli vs. Inter: BT Sport
Last time: The Nerazzurri failed to make the most of home soil and rarely threatened David Ospina’s goal. Inter finished the contest with three forwards and a playmaker on the pitch but failed to break down a solid Napoli backline.
Napoli v Inter Predictions and Preview
Gattuso has a clean bill of health and is likely to field Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and, despite his expected departure, Arek Milik. There has been much talk of change in the Azzurri squad once the campaign ends and the giant Pole, courted by Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Juventus, could generate a tidy sum for Napoli.
Eyebrows were raised when the Italian champions were linked to the 26-year-old but he is of a similar profile to Mario Mandzukic and would be a good foil for Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the meantime, Milik’s focus is on securing silverware for his current employers and Gattuso will have no hesitation in calling on the ex-Ajax hitman. Milik is 9/2 to open the scoring and add to his 12-goal tally.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Ruiz to score anytime||9/2||Offer|
|Napoli to win and over 3.5 goals||7/1||Offer|
|Inter to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
Fellow forward Mertens rejected overtures from a number of sides to sign a new deal with the club. The Belgian is tied with Marek Hamsik as the Partenopei’s all-time top scorer and it would be fitting if he netted the decisive strike and claimed the record outright. The versatile attacker is 2/1 to bag anytime and Napoli are 13/8 to win in 90 minutes and 2/5 to qualify.
Visiting tactician Antonio Conte will reportedly tweak his trademark 3-5-2 formation and entrust Christian Eriksen in a playmaker role behind the two forwards.
The Dane has yet to show his best form since moving from Tottenham Hotspur in the winter but remains a serious threat, particularly from set pieces. Eriksen is 10/3 to register anytime, while Romelu Lukaku is 7/2 to break the deadlock. Inter are 8/5 to emerge triumphant in normal time and 7/4 to be victorious on the night.
One to watch for Napoli: Fernando Llorente may not be a starter, but has a habit of contributing late on. The burly Spaniard is 13/5 to find the back of the net in regular time.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martinez is the subject of strong interest from Barcelona and is an attractive 5/1 to bring the scores level on aggregate. The Argentine has 17 goal contributions to his name this term.
Long shot: Both squads possess formidable defences with Kalidou Koulibaly, Kostas Manolas, Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij four of the very best on the continent. Equally, in Lukaku, Martinez, Mertens and Milik, there is enough firepower to ensure a real footballing spectacle. A 2-2 outcome at the final whistle, and therefore qualification for the Azzurri, is 12/1.