Football in Italy returns this weekend as the Coppa Italia takes centre stage. Juventus take on AC Milan in the first game back in Italy, but the most enticing clash of the semi-finals will be the fixture between Napoli and Inter Milan on Saturday evening. Inter’s success this season hinges on whether they are able to win this game.
When: Saturday 13th June
Where: San Paolo Stadium
How To Watch: BT Sports
Napoli vs Inter Milan Odds
Napoli vs Inter Milan Recent Form
It has been a strange season for Napoli, as they have suffered domestically but excelled in other competitions. The club parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti at the beginning of December after the Italian guided the club through to the next round of the Champions League. Gennaro Gattuso was the man to take over from the illustrious Italian, and he has guided the club through to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia for the first time in three years. Their last success came in this competition, as they won the Coppa Italia in 2014.
Napoli have been consistent through the competition this point as they have won all three games without conceding a goal. In the opening round, Napoli comfortably beat Perugia 2-0, before they brushed aside the defending champions Lazio 1-0 in the quarterfinals. However, many feared that their competition would be over when they were drawn against Inter Milan in the semi-finals. Napoli weren’t about to sit back and take the defeat, as they shocked Inter by winning the first leg 1-0. Fabian Ruiz scored the only goal of the game as Napoli take a pivotal lead into this clash.
Inter Milan will see success as a must for Antonio Conte this year in his first season as Inter boss. The club have supported the Italian by spending big across the last two transfer windows, with Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Matteo Politano all brought in. The travelling side will at least take confidence from their victory at the San Paolo Stadium earlier in the season. On that occasion, Inter ran out 3-1 winners, with Lukaku scoring a brace.
This will be the first time that Inter have played away from home in this competition this season, as their previous three games have all taken place at the San Siro. They cruised through their opening round fixture as they beat Cagliari 4-1, before they then managed to edge past Fiorentina by beating them 2-1. However, their backs are against the wall in this fixture.
Napoli vs Inter Milan Recent Meetings
Napoli holds the narrow advantage over the last 30 competitive meetings between these two sides. They have won on 13 occasions, while Inter have recorded ten victories. There have also been seven draws. There have been plenty of goals in this fixture over recent seasons, with an average of 3.33 scored across the last three meetings.
Napoli vs Inter Milan Picks
Gamblers will be aware that Inter’s record at Napoli isn’t the best, as they have won just three times at the San Paolo Stadium in the last 13 years. It will be a cagey match, but Napoli will be able to get the result that they need to progress to the final.
Pick: Napoli and Inter Milan to draw at +210 with BetOnline.ag.