Strugglers Napoli face leaders Inter at home Monday night as they battle for a European place while I Nerrazzuri look to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Napoli have endured a bitterly disappointing first half of the season, finding themselves in eighth place and recently sacking manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Naples side find themselves 11 points shy of the top four and will be desperate for a result against the league leaders to get their European hopes back on track.
Inter, on the other hand, have had a fantastic first half of the season and find themselves on top of the pile on goal difference.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Monday 6th January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:45 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Stadio San Paolo|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Premier 1|
Napoli will likely be without star centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is unlikely to be risked as he recovers from a bicep injury. Kevin Malcuit will be unavailable until at least April as he recuperates from a cruciate ligament rupture.
For Inter, Alexis Sanchez and Nicolo Barella are both closing in on a return but are unlikely to be risked as they recover from a tendon and knee injury respectively. A return date has not yet been set for Kwadwo Asamoah who is also struggling with a knee injury. Danilo D’Ambrosio is also unavailable with a leg injury while Lorenzo Pirola is suspended.
|Napoli||Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Luperto, Rui; Allan, Ruiz; Zielinski, Callejon, Milik; Insigne.|
|Inter||Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Candreva, Vecino, Valero, Gagliardini, Biraghi; Lukaku, Esposito.|
Head to Head Record
These two sides have met 28 times, with Inter coming out on top only nine times compared to Napoli’s 12.
In recent times it has proven to be a tightly contested affair with two of the last five matches between the two teams ending 0-0.
Napoli have been the surprise of the season in Serie A so far, dwelling outside the top six and looking unlikely to secure a European place. Already 11 points shy of fourth place and with just two wins from their last five games, they will be hoping to cause an upset on Monday and kickstart their season.
With two wins and two draws in their last five, Inter have failed to fully take advantage of their position at the top and extend their lead. An emphatic 4-0 home win over Genoa however will have given the Italian giants a boost in confidence, and they’ll look to take advantage of Napoli’s struggles on Monday.
|Sassuolo 1-2 Napoli (22/12)||Inter 4-0 Genoa (21/12)|
|Napoli 1-2 Parma (14/12)||Fiorentina 1-1 Inter (15/12)|
|Napoli 4-0 Genk (10/12)||Inter 1-2 Barcelona (10/12)|
|Udinese 1-1 Napoli (7/12)||Inter 0-0Roma (6/12)|
|Napoli 1-2 Bologna (1/12)||Inter 2-1 SPAL (1/12)|
This will be another tight affair, but with the likes of Koulibaly unavailable for Napoli, Lukaku and co. may be just too good for Napoli to keep at bay.
Inter 1-0 Napoli