Match Preview :
Despite winning 2-0 against Arsenal in the midweek’s Champions League, Napoli are now out of the competition and will at best be playing in the Europa League only. That is because Dortmund managed to beat Marseille which meant Napoli needed to win by 3 goals and they failed to do that on the night.
Napoli’s form hasn;t been great in Serie A recently. The 3-3 draw against Udinese saw them lose more points at the top and given the pace set by Juventus and Roma it looks likely that they can only hope to settle for third spot in Serie A this season.
Napoli are still four points clear of Inter in third spot largely because Inter Milan have repeatedly failed to take advantage of Napoli’s poor form. This game becomes important for both sides as neither would want to lose here.
Bentiez will miss out on Marek Hamsik while both Goran Pandev and Pepe Reina are in a race to get fit for this match. Dries Mertens should slot in behind Higuain with Lorenzo Insigne making the bench.
Interestingly, Benitez and Mazzarri will want to do well against their former teams whom they departed from in less then ideal conditions. So both coaches will want to get the better of their former employers here.
Inter Milan meanwhile will not want to lose this match but at the same time have drawn their last three games, where they have been expected to win them. Mazzarri knows the pressure is mounting on him as well as the players with each passing week.
The good news for Inter is that Mauro Icardi and Diego Milito will at least be on the bench for this match. Walter Samuel is still a doubt but Yuto Nagatomo could come in at left-back instead of Javier Zanetti.
For the record, Inter have not won at the San Paolo Stadium since 1997, but this is the Napoli side that Mazzari was in charge of so he will know the team pretty much inside out. But Bentiez will want to get another win after beating Arsenal in midweek so it will be an explosive match that is for sure.
Napoli – W L L W D
Inter – W W D D D
Reina; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Revellieire; Behrami, Inler, Callejon Pandev, Mertens; Higuain
Handanovic, Campagnaro, Rolando, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Kovacic, Cambiasso, Alvarez, Nagatomo; Guarin, Palacio
Go for this match to end in a draw.