Inter Milan – Napoli (Serie A)
Inter Milan and Napoli will face each other this Sunday at Giuseppe Meazza, in Milan, in a game referent to the 35th round of Serie A. Without winning none of their last 5 consecutive matches, Inter Milan are starting to get too far away from the european spots, and need to react fast in order to be in the race for the 5th place once again. Napoli, on their turn, also slipped up in the last round of Serie A, drawing at Sassuolo’s home, and lost ground for the 2nd place, with their objectivo of the season becoming a little more far away.
Inter Milan are 7th placed in the Serie A table with 56 points, result of 17 victories, 5 draws and 11 defeats, and 63 goals scored and 42 conceded. Definitely one of the most irregular teams in the league, Inter Milan can put together a great sequence of positive results, but can also fall into a disappointing serie of defeats and draws, and it is one of this bad sequence of results that Milan team arrive here. 2 draws and 3 defeats in their last 5 consecutive games are not a sequence of results worthy of a team that aims to fight for the european spots, with the Nerazzurri now 7 points bellow 5th place.
At home, where they have always been a strong side to defeat, their performances are decreasing as well and they have won just 2 of their last 5 games, losing another 2, scoring 14 goals and conceding 8 in the process. Recently, the Nerazzurri’s biggest problem is in their defensive organization, with the team conceding too many goals lately. Offensively, the Milan side are showing a good form and have scored at least 1 goal in each of their last 10 consecutive matches, with Mauro Icardi standing out, being the 3rd league top scorer with 24 goals scored.
In their last 5 official games, Inter Milan draw 2 and lost the remaining 3. This sequence of results started with a 2-2 draw at Torino’s ground. This result was followed by 1-2 home defeat against Sampdoria, a 2-1 defeat at Crotone’s home, a 2-2 home draw agains AC Milan, and in their last clash, a 5-4 away defeat against Fiorentina.
Probable Lineup: Handanovic – D’Ambrosio, Medel, Miranda and Nagatomo – Kondogbia and Gagliardini – Candreva, João Mário and Perisic – Icardi.
Napoli, on their turn, are 3rd placed in the Seria A table with 71 points, result of 21 victories, 8 draws and 4 defeats, with 77 goals scored and 35 goals conceded. The Azzurri are in a comfortable position in the league table, with 7 points above 4th placed Lazio. However, since they are out of the title race, their main objective is to conquer the 2nd place, which is occupied by AS Roma, who has a 4 point advantage, which demands from success from Napoli in these last 5 remaining matches in the Serie A. In the last round of the league, the Azzurri draw at Sassuolo’s home, a result that moved them away from 2nd spot, but since AS Roma has a tough game this Sunday, against their neighbor Lazio, and counting that they can lose points, this is the right time for Napoli to add more 3 points and get closer to 2nd place.
Playing away from home, lately, hasn’t been a problem for the Azzurri, since they have won 4 of their last 5 matches, drawing the other one, scoring 13 goals and conceding 6 in the process. Although they may show some defensive difficulties, as to stop opponents from creating chances, or defending against through ball attacks, Napoli have the most prolific attack of the league, being experts in attacking down the wings, in finishing scoring chances and in creating chances through individual skills, with players like Mertens, Callejón and Inisgne all capable of making the difference at any moment.
In their last 5 official games, Napoli won 3 and draw the remaining 2. This sequence of results started with a 1-1 home draw against Juventus. This result was followed by a 3-2 home victory against Juventus, for the TIM Cup, a 0-3 away victory against Lazio, a 3-0 win over Udinese at home, and in their last clash, a 2-2 away draw agains Sassuolo.
Probable Lineup: Reina – Hysaj, Koulibaly, Albiol and Strinic – Alan, Diawara and Hamsik – Callejón, Mertens and Insigne.
Napoli has won 3 of their last 8 direct confronts, drawing 3 and losing the remaining 2.
Serie A 2016/17
Serie A 2015/16
TIM Cup 15/16
Serie A 2015/16
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TIM Cup 14/15
Serie A 2014/15
Serie A 2013/14
This is a game between two offensive teams, which makes it hard to predict a winner. However, there will be a lot scoring chances at both sides of the pitch, and with a few goals on the scoresheet.