18:45 GMT 21 October 2017
The 2017/18 Serie A season is in full swing now and the matches are coming thick and fast. Some of the weaker sides are beginning to fall away at the foot of the table while the strongest Italian sides are pulling away at the summit. The team who currently leads the way is Napoli as they are yet to drop points so far this term. However, their upcoming opponents, Inter, will be looking to de-rail their 100% record while hoping to extend their own unbeaten run. They are currently second in the table and will leapfrog Napoli if they win. They are the only two unbeaten sides in the top flight.
The recent meetings between these two sides have been dominated by Napoli who have more wins in the past three seasons. The hosts have three wins in the last six league fixtures compared to Inter’s one solitary win back in April 2016. However, in the last four meetings in all competitions, the winning side has scored and kept a clean sheet, meaning that both teams have scored just twice in the last six matches.
Another three points for Napoli in this game would put them in a fantastic position as they would hold a lead at the top of the table of at least five points. Although, they could be without one of their main men as Lorenzo Insigne will have a late fitness test to assess a muscle injury he picked up during the week.
Latest matches: SSC Napoli
|17.10.2017||UEFA||Manchester City||SSC Napoli||2:1||L|
|14.10.2017||Seri||AS Roma||SSC Napoli||0:1||W|
|01.10.2017||Seri||SSC Napoli||Cagliari Calcio||3:0||W|
|26.09.2017||UEFA||SSC Napoli||Feyenoord Rotterdam||3:1||W|
|23.09.2017||Seri||Spal 2013||SSC Napoli||2:3||W|
Inter can see themselves go top of the league with a win over Napoli, which would make them the only team in Serie A to avoid defeat in the opening nine matches. They are unlucky to be without Marcelo Brozovic for the clash as he has been brilliant in their early season title push. He isn’t expected to return until mid-November.
Latest matches: Inter Milan
|15.10.2017||Seri||Inter Milan||AC Milan||3:2||W|
|01.10.2017||Seri||Benevento Calcio||Inter Milan||1:2||W|
|24.09.2017||Seri||Inter Milan||Genoa FC||1:0||W|
|19.09.2017||Seri||Bologna FC||Inter Milan||1:1||D|
|16.09.2017||Seri||FC Crotone||Inter Milan||0:2||W|
It is far too close to call a winner in this top-of-the-table match-up as both sides go into it in high spirits on the back of two brilliant starts to the new season. This means that a draw is the most likely result with two strong attacking teams locking horns. However, if a winner has to be predicted, with Napoli’s better run paired with home advantage, they would have to be considered favourites for the three points.
21 October 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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