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Inter Milan v Napoli: Predictions, Tips and Odds

Serie A’s champions-elect host the defending Scudetto holders on Sunday night, with both sides fresh from European exits.

Inter Milan lost on penalties at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, 24 hours after Napoli lost 4-2 on aggregate in Barcelona. Inter are 16 points clear at the top of Serie A, but they’ll view that defeat as a missed opportunity for another European run.

Napoli’s defeat was also a setback, but their European campaign has breathed new life into the Partenopei. New boss Francesco Calzona has got the champions within four points of fifth, which would be enough for a Champions League spot.

That leaves Napoli with plenty to play for this weekend, as they chase fifth and look to delay Inter taking the title from them. 

Inter Milan v Napoli

Inter Milan v Napoli betting tips and predictions

Both teams to score - 4/5

With Inter going the distance in their Champions League clash in midweek, this isn’t an easy fixture to return to. The Serie A leaders have swept aside all before them domestically, but Napoli’s recent good run should give them some confidence heading into this clash.

The visitors are on to their third head coach of the campaign, but Calzona is staking a real claim to get the job on a full-time basis. Their 3-1 loss at Barcelona in midweek was their first defeat under his watch. They’ve picked up eight points from four league games under him, including a 2-1 victory over Juventus.

A major factor behind Napoli’s improvement is that they’ve clicked going forward under Calzona. However, they are looking shaky defensively. The Partenopei head into this clash with both teams having scored in each of their last seven matches, while they’ve managed one clean sheet across their last 10 on the road.

There’s little doubt that Inter have the attacking talent to worry this Napoli side, but with confidence improved for the visitors they can find the net in this trip. With the pair each heading into this one in good form, 4/5 for both teams to score looks like great value. 

Inter Milan 1-0 Half-time correct score - 13/5

Inter have a habit of getting off to fantastic starts in Serie A this term. They have scored the opening goal in 27 of their 28 league games, including all 14 at home. Meanwhile, they meet a Napoli side who have been at their most threatening in the second half of matches.

Napoli have failed to score in the first half in eight of their last 11 matches, with 60% of their Serie A goals this term coming after half-time.

That opens the door for Inter to make another quick start, with the hosts having found the net before the break in all but one of their home matches this season.

Inter have been up 1-0 in seven of their 14 home matches, while Napoli have trailed by that scoreline at half-time on three occasions away from home this term. Back Inter to hold another 1-0 lead at the break at 13/5.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia to score anytime - 9/2

Calzona’s arrival has brought the best out of some of Napoli’s top players, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia impressing over the last few weeks. The Georgian winger has scored in his last three Serie A appearances, netting four times as well as chipping in with an assist.

Kvaratskhelia now has 10 league goals for the campaign and he’s likely to trouble Inter in the second half. Of those 10 goals, seven have come after half-time and the winger can build on his good run with a strike against the Nerazurri.

With five goals in 12 away trips in Serie A this season, there’s little doubt that Kvaratskhelia is effective on the road.

He’ll run at this Inter defence all game long and with their back four going through a gruelling 120 minutes in Madrid earlier this week, Kvaratskhelia is well placed to capitalise. 

Despite his excellent form, the Georgian international is priced at an attractive 9/2 to score anytime on Sunday. 

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Inter Milan v Napoli odds

Inter Milan - 11/20
Draw -
16/5
Napoli -
5/1

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