A full 10-match fixture list goes ahead in Serie A this midweek as the top division of Italian football nears an exciting climax. Two games are scheduled for Tuesday evening with the best of them at San Siro where local side Inter Milan take on rivals Napoli from 20:45 GMT. Football fans get the chance to follow this one live on TV and there’s sure to be plenty to keep lovers of the beautiful game engrossed for the evening.
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This fixture pairs two sides chasing a European finish this season with Inter Milan involved in the chased for that runners up spot behind Juventus. Napoli won’t grab a Champions League slot as they look sure to miss out on the top four, but they can save their season by ending in the top seven and securing Europa League football next term. That will help appease fans who have watched on as the visitors struggled to live up to expectations.
Tuesday’s game will be the fourth meeting of these sides this season after the pair clashed once in Serie A earlier this year and then again twice in Coppa Italia. The head-to-head scores from those three games suggest this renewal will be another competitive 90 minutes as Inter Milan won the league game before losing in the cup and fighting out a tense 1-1 finish last month.
Milan boast winning form
Inter Milan enter game 37 of their season with stats reading 22 wins and 10 draws against 4 defeats, scoring 77 goals but conceding 36. They may be second in the pecking order behind Juventus but on closer inspection, we see the home team have loser fewer games than the Old Lady, scored two more goals and conceded two fewer goals. They also boast better recent form than the team above them in the table, enjoying a five-match unbeaten run thanks to three wins and two draws. There’s a reason for supporters of Inter Milan to be confident ahead of this outing.
The Black and Blues saw their title challenge stumble when suffering back-to-back draws before making a timely return to winning ways. They dropped two points when fighting out a 2-2 draw at Roma earlier this month before being held to a goalless finish when last at San Siro, Fiorentina leaving with an unexpected share of the spoils.
Milan dominated the match stats that day, finishing with over 60% of the ball possession and 19 shots at goal but put just six of those attempts on target and that will be cause for concern to Antonio Conte and his coaching staff.
Thankfully for those loyal to Inter Milan they were able to score a win last time out when beating Genoa 3-0 on the road. It was a match they were expected to win but the players deserve credit for getting the job done effectively. Lukaku scored a double, opening his account on 34 minutes before Sanchez moved his side into a commanding position. Lukaku was back on the scoresheet in stoppage time to wrap up what was a successful day for him and his employers.
Napoli arrive in decent form
Napoli enter the week sitting down in seventh place in Serie A with their league stats returning 17 wins and 8 draws against 11 defeats, scoring 58 goals and conceding 47. The 59 points collected so far should be enough to secure a top-seven finish and Europa League football for next season, a competition they may fancy their chances of winning and gaining a direct route into the following year’s Champions League. The locals are just a point behind AC Milan in sixth and 11 better than Sassuolo who are eighth and outside of the prizes.
The away side enter this match with confidence behind them after winning two, drawing two and suffering just one defeat in their last five. They have taken six of the last nine points that has been available to them and board the team bus having banked an important win last time out. Napoli suffered the spare loss when going down 2-1 at Parma last midweek after conceding a late goal. Caprari scored the opener for the winning side in stoppage time at the end of the first half before Napoli levelled things up not long after the interval. With the game heading for a draw there was late drama as Parma were awarded a penalty and snatched the three points.
The Blues bounced back to winning ways last time out thanks to a strong home win against Sassuolo on Saturday. They got the ball rolling early in that contest when Hysaj opened the scoring on eight minutes but had to wait until 93 to put the game to bed. Marques Loureiro doubled up with 93 minutes on the clock to cement what was a deserved three points. That win acted as a reminder to fans exactly what this side is capable of on their day, but a lack of consistency has cost them a challenge for the top four, something manager Gennaro Gattuso must work on in pre-season.
Inter Milan vs Napoli prediction
Inter Milan players will go into this match confident in their ability to land what would be a 23rd win of their season and the recent form suggests they have every right to be. The locals are on an eye-catching unbeaten run and have every chance of finishing in the silver medal position this season, getting as close to Juventus as possible. Their best performance could be enough to see Milan get the desired result.
Napoli are certainly no pushovers and showed last time out how dangerous they can be in the final third of the pitch. They too won at the weekend and will arrive at the San Siro intending to meet their opponents head-on and make them work for the result.
Serie A odds
Inter Milan are odds favourites to win this match with the betting odds market offering the home win at 21/20 in their pre-match betting odds. The draw is 27/10 or there’s 5/2 on a Napoli win.
Are you tuning in during the game? Live football betting options should be available during regular time from 20:45 to 22:15 GMT.