Tough test on Tuesday for Napoli face one of the sternest opposition in the entire division in Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. We preview this tie that could see Inter secure second spot, with Napoli already qualifying for the Europa League regardless of where they finish.
Who is playing?
Inter Milan vs Napoli
What competition is it?
Serie A Matchweek 37
What time is Inter vs Napoli?
20:45 BST, Tuesday 28th July 2020
Where do Inter play?
San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy
Where can I watch Inter vs Napoli?
Thoughts on Inter vs Napoli
It’s fitting to what has been a pretty crazy Serie A season, that in the penultimate match fixture of the season – Inter Milan will have the chance to all but confirm their bitter rivals’s place in Europe next season, (pending AC Milan can take advantage and win their game this Wednesday, of course) by beating AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli on Tuesday.
The fact the Nerazzurri are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 home matches and have scored at least 2 goals in 10 of their last 11 games, personifies the impact Antonio Conte has made since he took over at the helm from Luciano Spalletti.
Antonio Conte’s debut campaign as Inter Milan head coach, his first season back in his home country since 2014, by his own standards, has been nothing short of impressive. In fact, you wouldn’t blame the former Chelsea manager for feeling a tad unfulfilled considering his team sat top of the league in February.
Sitting 2nd on 76 points, the blue half of Milan have won two more games than they managed to last year (22), and have lost fiver fewer times also (4), the least in the league one behind Champions Juve and fellow Champions League qualifiers Atalanta. Even more impressive is that Milan have scored 77 goals this season in Serie A, the 2nd best in the league behind an outstanding Atalanta, an astronomical 20 goals more than they registered last campaign.
La Beneamata have been excellent this season and with Champions League and Achraf Hakimi (one of Europe’s most promising full backs) confirmed for next year, the Black and Blues will want to flex their muscles against a wounded Napoli and prove their credentials as they look to end the season on a high, hoping to push Juventus all the way next year as they search for their first Scudetto in over ten years.
Naples on the brink
It what can only be described as an unprecedentedly awful season, one that’s contained a furious owner forcing his players to a training campaign retreat, them players then refusing, starting a mutiny in which lead to manager Carlo Ancelotti sacked and fans rioting, Napoli are now suffering the consequences are they near ever closer to the damaging prospect of finishing outside the European spots, meaning European football will not be touring Naples for the first time since 2009/10.
Gennaro Gattuso’s men who currently sit 7th, one place outside the European spots on 59 points (their worst point total since the 2008/09 season), one point and position behind a post-lockdown revitalised Rossoneri: (with two games left to play), have won 17 times – their fewest since 2011/12, have drawn 8 times – their most since 2014/15, have lost 11 times – their most since 2008/09, have scored 58 goals – the lowest since 2009/10, and have conceded 47 times – their most since 2014/15.
It’s undoubtedly a campaign to forget, but Napoli can’t drown their sorrows yet having won the Coppa Italia this season. AC Milan will keep a close eye on this game as they will want to avoid the qualifying rounds of the Europa League and want to enter straight into the Group Stages.
Inter Milan recent matches:
- Genoa (a) 0-3 win
- Fiorentina (h) 0-0 draw
- Roma (a) 2-2 draw
- SPAL (a) 0-4 win
- Torino (h) 3-1 win
Napoli recent matches:
- Sassuolo (h) 2-0 win
- Parma (a) 2-1 defeat
- Udinese (h) 2-1 win
- Bologna (a) 1-1 draw
- Milan (h) 2-2 draw
Inter Milan top contributors:
- Romelu Lukaku (Forward): 25 Serie A involvements: 23 goals + 2 assists – having bagged a brace at the weekend, the Belgian put himself on 29 goals across all competitions in 2019/20, the best return of his senior career.
- Lautaro Martinez (Forward): 16 Serie A involvements: 13 goals + 3 assists – the Argentine is just one assist away from equalling his best season: his last campaign at Racing Club.
Napoli top contributors:
- Dries Mertens (Forward): 14 Serie A goal involvements: 9 goals + 5 assists – the Belgian, who’ll be unavailable for the, has registered his worst campaign in the league since the 2015/16 season, where he amassed 5 goals and 5 assists.
- Lorenzo Insigne (Forward): 13 Serie A goal involvements: 7 goals + 6 assists – Similarly to Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne’s return this season is his worst in the league since the 2014/15 campaign where he recorded 2 goals and 3 assists.
|13th June 2020||NAP 1-1 INT||Coppa Italia|
|12th February 2020||INT 0-1 NAP||Coppa Italia|
|6th January 2020||NAP 1-3 INT||Serie A|
|19th May 2019||NAP 4-1 INT||Serie A|
|26th December 2018||INT 1-0 NAP||Serie A|
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