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Napoli vs Inter Milan: Conte’s first challenge after winter break

Napoli vs Inter Milan: Conte’s first challenge after winter break

The title race in Serie A 2019/2020 between Inter Milan and the reigning Champions, Juventus, is back on schedule this week after the winter break. They both share the same points on the top of the table. Yet, La Beniamata has better goal difference. This Monday, Antonio Conte’s men will be visiting San Paolo to take on  Napoli, which is still struggling to climb up to the Champions League zone. Lorenzo Insigne and Co are currently on the eighth of the standings and will be Inter’s first of many challenges to face in 2020.

Napoli news:

The year of 2019 was quite disappointing for Il Partenopei. The series of winless results, Carlo Ancellotti’s dismissal and the appointment of Gennare Gatusso for the remaining fixtures of the season has affected the team’s overall form. Their final game of 2019 was quite satisfactory. They managed to snatch three points while visiting Sassuolo, which had their lead first. At the second half, Napoli made a comeback by Allan’s goal and Pedro Obiang’s own goal. It was their first victory in Serie A since October.

Inter Milan news:

Inter Milan surprisingly stumbled towards the end of 2019. They had two draws and one loss before winning again at their last match. Such results cost them their failure to extend their lead from their contender on the standings and to advance on the Champions League knock out stage. On their last fixture, Samir Handanovic and Co smashed Genoa 4-0. Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace plus two more from Roberto Gagliardini and their youngster, Sebastiano Esposito.

Missing players and probable lineups:

Gattusso seems to have brought back the 4-3-3 formation, which was very identical to Napoli during Maurizio Sarri’s era. Unlike Ancellotti who prefers 4-4-2, Gatusso opts for the more offensive approach. Unfortunately, there are at least five names ruled out for this match. Four are sidelined due to the injury including Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam and Lorenzo Tonelli. Another one, Nikola Maksimovic, is suspended.

Napoli: Alex Meret; Mario Rui, Kostas Manolas, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Sebastian Luperto; Allan, Fabian Ruiz, Piotr Zielinski; Hirving Lozano, Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte always opts for 3-5-2 formation relying on the dynamic duo as the main scorer, Lautaro Martinez and Rumelu Lukaku. Yet, two names in the squad will be sidelined due to the injuries. They are Danilo D’Ambrosio and  Kwado Asamoah.             

Inter: Samir Handanovic; Stefan De Vrij, Martin Skriniar, Alessandro Bastoni; Stefano Sensi, Marcelo Brozovic, Borja Valero, Antonio Cadreva, Valentino Lazaro ; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku

Match facts:

At the head-to-head meetings, Napoli is seemingly more superior with three wins, two draws in the last six encounters. Nevertheless, Inter is now in progress of their peak performance after Jose Mourinho’s era. They have been unbeaten in the last ten matches of Serie A.

Prediction:

The game might be quite even. The host will be more motivated to seal another three points after their success in dismantling Sassuolo last month. Yet, Inter’s form is in progress to their peak. Thus, a narrow win for the visitor is quite probable.

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