Inter Milan vs Napoli Match Analysis & Prediction
04/01/2023 10:45 pm
Serie A returns from its mid-winter break on Wednesday, and a heavyweight contest between two of Calcio’s big-hitters sees leaders Napoli take on Inter Milan at San Siro.
Inter prepared for their return to competitive action with a training camp in Malta, followed by four friendly wins from five and a 1-1 draw against Real Betis during the World Cup break, but they now start their Serie A campaign second phase with one of its toughest tests yet.
Defensive deficiencies away from home have been at the root of their pre-Christmas slip down the standings, four defeats and 18 goals conceded on the road attest to that, and they kick off 2023 down in fifth place.
Now aiming to pick up where they left off after beating Atalanta 3-2 in their final game of last year, Inter know victory is crucial if they are to retain any realistic Scudetto dreams.
Desperate to finally end their title drought, Napoli ended 2022 by winning each of their last 11 Serie A matches, the best run in the Italian top flight since a typically dominant streak from Juventus five years ago.
Finishing up the first phase of their campaign by defeating Atalanta, Empoli and then Udinese, Napoli lead the standings by eight points from Milan ahead of their first game of the new year.
Luciano Spalletti now takes his side to the second city as the only team still unbeaten throughout Europe’s top five leagues, and they will hope they can retain such status despite meeting both Inter and Juventus in their first three matches of 2023.
Napoli will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in February, as they seek to continue a so-far scintillating Champions League campaign, in which stars such as Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen have shone brightly.
Inter Milan vs. Napoli Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 50 occasions, with Inter Milan claiming 21 victories while Napoli have won 16, and they have drawn in 13. Napoli have scored 54 goals and conceded 61 in the process.
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Inter Milan Team News
World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez has finally returned to training, but Simone Inzaghi is set to favour Romelu Lukaku and reliable veteran Edin Dzeko up front on Wednesday.
Francesco Acerbi is set to be preferred to Stefan de Vrij in the Inter’s back three, while Andre Onana replaces club captain and long-term number one Samir Handanovic in goal.
Inter Milan's Last 5 Matches
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Napoli Team News
Regular centre-back Amir Rrahmani is available for Napoli again and battles it out with former Inter man Juan Jesus to partner Kim Min-jae at the heart of defence.
Hirving Lozano and Matteo Politano will be vying for a spot on the right flank, but Mario Rui should beat Mathias Olivera to start at left-back.
Napoli's Last 5 Matches
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