After what was a relaxing winter break Serie A action resumes. In this match Inter take on a struggling Napoli side. The last time these two sides faced each other was back in May where Napoli won the match 4-1. Napoli have won three out of their last six matches against Inter. Inter this season have been on fire under Conte’s leadership and the players working together as a team. Napoli on the other hand of been struggling to get any momentum going especially with losing their former manager. So a win over top of the table Inter would be huge for them. Inter are still looking to keep their momentum on Juventus as the hunt for the Scudetto lingers on. So both sides are hungry for all three points. This is what to expect as the season resumes in Serie A.
The player breakdown
In this match Inter will get Sensi back for this matchup. But it is unsure if Alxis Sanchez and Barella will return for this match. Inter in this match have several forwards and midfielders they need to keep an eye on defensive wise due to these players scoring and playing abilities. On the forward side of the spectrum you have Milik, Mertens, and Insigne total they have thirteen goals with the most of them coming from the key threat of Milik with six overall goals. These men are quick and agile especially inside the box. They are also strong at reading the pitch for goal chances and getting the ball where it needs to go. The real threat on their midfield is Ruiz. Defensive wise this team will have issues when going up against Inter due to injuries to Gholum, their best defender Koulibaly, Malcuit, and Tonelli. But they still have one good player who is going to be leading the defensie charge is a player who as also played on Roma Kostas Manolas. Napoli will have their work cut out for them as they go up against the duo of Martinez and Lukaku who’ve been a killer force with a total of twenty goals between them. They also will need to keep an eye on Sensi who is coming back hungry for a goal. But midfield wise they are killing it and that will give Napoli a run for their money.
The bottom line
This match will come down to several key factors. The first is the weakend defense of Napoli will they do enough to put a stop to Inter’s strong attack and midfield. Which will be the only issue for them. Inter on the other hand will need to keep up the hard work on creating and finishing chances and moving past Napoli’s defense. Defense wise Inter will need to shut down Napoli’s attack despite the defense they have a strong attack which will give them potential issues. Inter will also need to work on winning the ball in the air. This match should go to a Inter but it will be a close match and with Napoli hungry they will do anything to secure all three points.
Inter projected 3-5-2
Def Devrij, Skriniar, Godin
Mid Biraghi, Sensi, Brozovic, Vecino, Candreva
Att Lukaku and Martinez
Napoli projected 4-3-3
Def Lorenzo, Luperto, Rui, Manolas
Mid Ruiz, Zielinski, Allan
Att Mertens, Insigne, Milik
Stadium San Paolo
Place Naples Italt
Date January 6th
Time 1:45pm usa 7:45pm uk 8:45pm Italy