Napoli vs Inter Milan: will the leader make a mistake?
Inter Milan have won their last 11 matches, but will Napoli be their next victim on April 18? You will find the answer in our prediction. How will the game play out?
Napoli are having a rough season - the team of Gennaro Gattuso is clearly expecting to get a ticket to the Champions League, but so far they are losing the fight to their rivals. At the moment, Partenopei are fifth in the table with 59 points in the asset, but they are only two points behind the fourth Atalanta, which can change today.
Napoli's rivals also include Lazio and Roma - the Eagles have four points less, but still have a game in hand, while the Wolves are five points behind. The 1:3 defeat from Juventus last week seriously complicated the Parthenopeans' task and the Italian press is already discussing the name of Gattuso's successor, but the manager himself is determined to fulfill the task.
In the last round, Napoli beat Sampdoria 2:0 in a tough away match, getting their fifth victory in the last six Serie A matches, still fighting for the fourth line in the standings.
Inter Milan have been brilliant, maybe their most powerful play in recent years - Antonio Conte's team is one step away from the long-awaited gold medals. At the start of the 31st round, the Nerazzurri are the sole leader of Serie A, having an 11 point lead over the second Milan.
However, Inter's main rival is Juventus, which is still in third place and has 12 points less. The handicap allows the Nerazzurri to play without much nervousness. At the same time, the leaders don't allow themselves to relax and gain points with enviable regularity.
In the last round, Inter were very close to losing points in the home game against Cagliari - until the 77th minute, the Sardinians held a scoreless draw, but in the end, they made a mistake and lost 0:1. For Inter this victory was 11th in a row within Serie A, in this form will get them a Scudetto before the end of the tournament.
2 of Inter's last 4 matches finished with exactly this score.
Only in 1 of the last 4 games the forward failed to score.
Napoli have scored in each half in their last 3 home games.
Only in 1 of the last 4 away games Inter have not scored in the 2nd half
Napoli continue to compete for fourth place and in general, are not an outsider in this fight - two points behind Atalanta are not a problem. Not so long ago, the Neapolitans left no chances to Roma and Milan, they gave a real fight to Juventus, so it is hardly sensible to think of the Parthenopeans as outright outsiders.
Inter are certainly looking good, but the last victories of the Nerazzurri were not confident, and it is traditionally difficult for them to play in Naples - they got a win only in one of the last five fixtures at Maradona stadium.
We believe that the guests will not be able to win. Prediction - Napoli will not lose at 1.64.
Napoli will definitely try to grab points at home, the Neapolitans are good in attack and it will be very difficult for the guests to not concede goals. At the same time, Inter should only bet on victory today, the leader has no problems with their performance, so it makes sense to count on a high-scoring game.
Our second wager - total over 2.5 goals at 2.00