When: Sunday, April 29th, 2:45pm ET/8:45pm CET
Where: San Siro, Milan, Italy
After the Inter players were in ritiro for most of the week, Stefano Pioli and his men play hosts to Napoli. I’m going to be honest, I don’t expect Inter to win this game. For starters, the team is in horrible form (0 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses in the last 5 matches). Add the fact that Pioli has failed to beat a single top side during his tenure as Inter manager and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a scoreline similar to the reverse fixture (for those who don’t remember, it was a 3-0 beatdown where the opposition looked better in every possible way).
But hey I could be wrong. Stefano Pioli could surprise me and make some changes to what has become a predictable and often lifeless starting lineup. The players that do get game time could actually work hard over the 90+ minutes and show that they do care about their fans and the club they represent. The team could get that confidence-boosting win they need to turn things around for the last few matches of the season. Would I bet on it?
Usually I would end a preview by talking about the Serie A table and how the different results could leave Inter in the standings, but I’m not going to do that. Looking at the table right now is just depressing, especially when you consider how much money Inter spent over the summer compared to the sides they are trailing. So at this point I’m just going to ignore the table and see where Inter end up at the end of the season.
The only Inter players that Stefano Pioli won’t be able to use are Cristian Ansaldi and Davide Santon. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri should also have nearly his entire squad avalable to him, the only player I could find on their squad that is currently listed as injured is defender Lorenzo Tonelli. That said both managers will likely use the same (or very similar) lineups they stuck with last round. Yay...
Probable Starting XIs
Inter: (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Murillo, Nagatomo; Gagliardini, Kondogbia; Candreva, J. Mario, Perisic; Icardi.
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Strinic; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
How to Watch
TV: Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio & PremiumSport HD (Italy); BT Sports 2 (UK); RAI International (USA)
Online: Sky Go Italia & Premium Play (Italy); BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); FuboTV & beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA)
(For other countries' streaming and broadcasting options see here)
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