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Match Preview: Inter vs Napoli – Probable Lineups, Key Stats, & Score Prediction

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Inter is gearing up for their most important fixture of the latter half of the season. Matchday 31 is when Inter travels south to take on Napoli at  Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Inter are 11 points clear of second-placed AC Milan and chasing a 12th consecutive league win to push them closer to a first title since 2010.

Inter coming off of a few tough games in which they had to squeeze the results in their favor. Bologna, Sassuolo, and Cagliari all were borderline victories.

In spite of continuously reiterating the importance of such games, Inter was unable to dominate or close out the games early. However, Conte and his crew got the job done by whatever it took.

He said after the match against Cagliari, “We just need to keep playing to win. We can’t afford to be making any calculations at this stage.” reassuring fans that winning 3 points is far more important at the moment.

Statistics & Encounters

Antonio Conte knows what it takes to beat Napoli. Conte’s Inter has won each of their three games against Napoli.

Their last encounter at the San Siro was a thriller. Inter managed to win 1-0 thanks to Lukaku’s sublime penalty. However, the true man of the match was Handanovic who made crucial stops to deny Insigne and Petagna on multiple occasions.

Inter’s winning streak is up to 11 games in Serie A.

Napoli’s Form Guide: W-W-W-L-W

Inter’s Form Guide: W-W-W-W-W

Suspensions, Injuries & Team News

Arturo Vidal felt a niggle in during last week’s training session. His status is unclear for this fixture.

Kolarov will miss this fixture due to injury.

Barella will return to the starting XI after serving his one-match suspension.

Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli will be without suspended Hirving Lozano while Alex Meret will be in goal for injured David Ospina

Probable Line-ups

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic, Bastoni, De Vrij, Skrniar, Darmian, Eriksen, Brozovic, Barella, Hakimi, Luataro, Lukaku

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret, Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Manolas, Mario Rui, Demme, Fabian Ruiz, Politano, Zielinski, Insigne, Victor Osimhen

Prediction

Inter: 2

Napoli: 2