Preview - Inter Milan vs Napoli 27 December 18

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Match Day 18
Inter Milan vs. Napoli
Thursday, December 27th 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 0.82
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (9)

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.82
Top Scorer: Arkadiusz Milik ( 8 )

The best is saved until last in the Boxing Day action in Serie A as third placed Inter Milan play host to second placed Napoli. There's a yawning eight-point gap between the sides at present, but the home side will be hoping to take advantage of playing in front of their own fans to close that gap just a little.

There was nothing to separate these sides last season. Nothing at all in fact, with both this fixture and the reverse game ending in a goalless draw.

Just the one absentee for each side in this one with Radja Nainggolan missing out for Inter and Vlad Chiriches on the side-lines for Napoli.

Inter were a little slow to start in their home campaign this season in failing to win their first two. They have been perfect since though and head into this game seeking a seventh win on the spin in front of their own fans. They impressively haven't conceded a goal in their past five here.

Napoli have been a mightily tough nut to crack with just the two defeats in their seventeen games to date, away at Juventus and Sampdoria. They have won their past four away from home.

Napoli once again look like being best of the rest behind Juventus this season. Only 8 points adrift, they won't have given up hope of the title just yet. This however is a very tough place to come and they may just have to settle for a point.

Prediction: Inter Milan 1 - 1 Napoli


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  10 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 0
Possession: 58% - 42%

A busy evening for referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni who issued the yellow card to Marcelo Brozovic, Borja Valero and Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan and Allan and Raul Albiol of Napoli. The indiscretions didn't stop there though with Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli also seeing red.

An eventful and bad-tempered game at the San Siro which unfortunately made the headlines for all the wrong reasons as the spectre of racism reared its ugly head once again. The Inter Milan fans abuse of Kalidou Koulibaly didn't go unnoticed though with the club now having to play two home games behind closed doors.

Not too much in the way of goalmouth action in the first half; Mauro Icardi going closest for Inter with a shot straight from the kick off. Lorenzo Insigne had the only real chance for Napoli when forcing Samir Handanovic into a decent stop with a shot from the left corner of the eighteen yard box.

Napoli weren't deterred by the late sending off of Koulibaly and continued to put Inter under immense pressure. Handanovic again being called into action and when an effort did get past him a defender was there to block on the line.

This looked like a goalless draw as we headed into stoppage time, but this is Inter Milan we are talking about here and they once again produced one of their late, late shows to claim all three points.

The only goal of the game finally arrived in the 1st minute of stoppage time. A ball into the box from the left-hand side eventually making its way to Lautaro Martinez around the penalty spot. Martinez sweeping home into the bottom left. It was all too much for Insigne who was then dismissed as Napoli ended the match with nine men.

No change in the standings with Napoli staying second and Inter Milan remaining third. Inter do now close the gap to five points though.

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