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Inter vs Napoli - Match Preview

11 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W


19:45 GMT
11 March 2018

SSC Napoli

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

19:45 GMT 11 March 2018

After five teams led the race for the Serie A title until November, there are now just two sides vying for the Scudetto in May. Napoli and Juventus are within a point of each other at the Italian summit and both sides are in action on Sunday. Napoli face the tougher of the two fixtures as they must travel to the San Siro to face one of the top five, Inter. With games in hand over Roma and Lazio, they can move 3rd in the table so must win on Sunday.


  • As mentioned, Inter have tailed off slightly this season after a blistering start but out of the three teams beneath Juve and Napoli, they are favourites to finish highest. They have won just two of their last 11 league games, however, these have both come in their last three matches. This lack of form has thrown away any chance they had of challenging for the title and they might be considered lucky to still be in the run for Champions League qualification.
  • Napoli have been brilliant all season long and have been matched all the way by Juventus. After a run of 10 consecutive victories in Serie A, Napoli slipped up last time out against Roma, where they were beaten 4-2 at home. This has given the chance for Juventus to take top spot as they have a game-in-hand with just one point separating the teams.
  • Only one player has scored more Serie A goals than Mauro Icardi this season. He has 18 while Ciro Immobile has 23.
  • Just below him in the race for the Golden Boot is Napoli’s Dries Mertens who has been brilliant this term. He has netted on 17 occasions, registering six assists in the process which puts him in the top 10 for assists.


Fixtures between two of Italy’s heavyweights are rarely boring and this one isn’t expected to be any different. Although, the last meeting between the sides couldn’t have been more boring with no goals when they faced off in October. The last time they played at the San Siro, Jose Callejon’s goal was the difference in a 1-0 win, Napoli will be hoping for the same on Sunday. In the last five fixtures in all competitions, there hasn’t been one where both teams have scored.


The hosts can make their way back into the top four with three points, especially because they have a game-in-hand against Roma, the team above them. They have the benefit of a full-strength squad for the clash which they’ll take confidence from.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

24.02.2018 Seri Inter Milan Benevento Calcio 2:0 W
17.02.2018 Seri Genoa FC Inter Milan 2:0 L
11.02.2018 Seri Inter Milan Bologna FC 2:1 W
03.02.2018 Seri Inter Milan FC Crotone 1:1 D
28.01.2018 Seri Spal 2013 Inter Milan 1:1 D


It is vital that Napoli get a win in this one as they could be facing a huge uphill task to catch Juventus if they don’t. Like their opponents, injuries aren’t a problem ahead of the clash with their only doubt being Vlad Chiriches.

Latest matches: SSC Napoli

03.03.2018 Seri SSC Napoli AS Roma 2:4 L
26.02.2018 Seri Cagliari Calcio SSC Napoli 0:5 W
22.02.2018 UEFA RB Leipzig SSC Napoli 0:2 W
18.02.2018 Seri SSC Napoli Spal 2013 1:0 W
15.02.2018 UEFA SSC Napoli RB Leipzig 1:3 L


It’s far too hard to split these two teams as neither will be too desperate to get forward and a draw is a very realistic possibility. It will take one moment of magic to win this game and both sides have players who can do that. Despite being away from home, Napoli are very slight favourites to get the three points with the great ability they have shown over and over again during this campaign.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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