Serie A Preview | Inter vs. Napoli: Another top three tussle

by | Nov 20, 2021 12:15

It is another head-to-head at the top of the table for Inter after their draw with Milan, this time hosting the other joint leaders Napoli.

The Nerazzurri are hanging in there during these early months of the Scudetto race, aiming to defend their title under new coach Simone Inzaghi, but there are injury concerns after international duty for Stefan de Vrij and Alexis Sanchez. Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Bastoni had issues too, but should be ready to start, although the Bosnian might be rested ahead of the Champions League.

Kalidou Koulibaly returns to the Napoli defence after his ban, but Matteo Politano is ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19, joining Diego Demme in isolation. Adam Ounas picked up a muscular injury for Algeria, so Chucky Lozano will get a rare start just days after saying he wanted to join a ‘bigger’ club.

Form Guide: Inter (D W W D L) Napoli (D W W D W)

Stat fact: Napoli have failed to score in their last four Serie A trips to Inter, since Jose Callejon’s winner in April 2017.

Probable line-ups

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Correa, Lautaro Martinez

Suspended: None

Injured: De Vrij, Alexis Sanchez

On a yellow card: None

Napoli (4-3-3): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Anguissa, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski; Lozano, Osimhen, Insigne

Suspended: None

Injured: Demme, Politano, Ounas

On a yellow card: Anguissa, Mario Rui

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