Napoli vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Second face third in Serie A this weekend as Inter travel to runners up Napoli knowing victory would secure them a place in the top four and Champions League qualification next season.

Luciano Spalletti’s side are currently one point clear of Atalanta but, more importantly, four points ahead of Milan and Roma in fifth and sixth with just two games remaining.

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It will not be an easy task, however, as Napoli will be keen to end their home campaign with a victory for their supporters, setting up a mouthwatering clash which both teams will be desperate to win.

Check out 90min’s preview for the ?game below.


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? ?Sunday 19 May
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?19:30 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?Stadio San Paolo
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Premier Sports
?Referee? Daniele Doveri

Team News

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti should be able to call upon forward duo Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne for Sunday’s clash after both missed the 2-1 victory over SPAL last time out.

The Italian coach remains without long-term absentees Amadou Diawara, Vlad Chiriches and Nikola Maksimovic while Adam Ounas may also be absent again through injury after being unable to play at Stadio Paolo Mazza last weekend.

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Inter have no new injury concerns and should keep the same team which comfortably beat Chievo 2-0 at San Siro on Monday night.

Stefan de Vrij is a slight doubt and Matteo Politano may not travel with the squad, while Sime Vrsaljko remains sidelined. Marcelo Brozovic and Danilo D’Ambrosio are available again after serving their respective suspensions.


Predicted Lineups

?Napoli Meret; Malcuit, Koulibaly, Luperto, Ghoulam; Callejon, Allan, Ruiz, Zielinski; Mertens, Milik.
?Inter ?Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Candreva, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi.

Head to Head Record

The two teams have faced each other 162 times in their history, with Inter coming out on top on 74 occasions. Napoli have won 48 matches while there have been 40 draws.

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Inter were victorious in the reverse fixture this season, with a Lautaro Martinez goal in the first minute of stoppage time giving them a 1-0 Boxing Day victory at San Siro. Napoli ended the game with nine men, after both Kalidou Koulibaly and Insigne were sent off.


Recent Form

Napoli have been in excellent form of late, picking up four victories from their last five league games.

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Defeat to Atalanta aside, Gli Azzurri have looked strong in recent weeks although they have only kept one clean sheet in that time which will be a concern for Ancelotti.

Inter are unbeaten in their last five league matches, although they have only picked up wins on two occasions during that run.

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Draws at home to Juventus and Roma aren’t to be sniffed at, but they will be disappointed at their failure to beat 16th-placed Udinese the last time they were on the road.

Here’s how each side has fared in their last five games.

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?SPAL 1-2 Napoli (12/5) Inter 2-0 Chievo (13/5)?
?Napoli 2-1 Cagliari (5/5) ?Udinese 0-0 Inter (4/5)
?Frosinone 0-2 Napoli (28/4) ?Inter 1-1 Juventus (27/4)
?Napoli 1-2 Atalanta (22/4) ?Inter 1-1 Roma (20/4)
?Chievo 1-3 Napoli (14/4) ?Frosinone 1-3 Inter (14/4)

Prediction

Inter know a win will get them the Champions League qualification they desire but it will be a surprise if they attack Napoli early on and leave themselves vulnerable at the back.

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I Nerazzurri are more likely to allow their hosts more possession and hit them on the counter-attack, using the pace of Ivan Perisic and guile of Antonio Candreva out wide.

Despite the ten point advantage Napoli have, there is not much to choose between the two sides and the visitors should return to San Siro with their unbeaten run intact, although without all three points.

Prediction: Napoli 1-1 Inter

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Thomas Partey to Decide Atletico Madrid Future at End of the Season Amid Inter Interest

?Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey will make a decision on his future with the Spanish club once the La Liga season comes to an end, says his agent Daniel Jimenez.

The Ghanaian has been with Los Rojiblancos since he was a teenager, gradually developing into an important fixture in the side. 

Despite putting in series of impressive performances in the engine room this season, the 25-year-old was unable to help Diego Simeone’s team dethrone Barcelona, as the Catalans secured a second successive league crown with three matches left to play.

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Reports have linked Partey with a summer move to Italian giants? Inter, with his current employers thought to be keen on a swap deal involving rebellious Nerazzurri striker Mauro Icardi.

Speaking to ?Passione Inter about his clients future, Jimenez revealed: “I can say that at the moment I didn’t talk to anyone, even though Inter is a top club.

In his contract [with ?Atletico] there is a 50m termination clause, a figure that for a player like Thomas is very cheap. Let’s wait for the season to end and then we’ll see,” he finished.

The ?Serie A outfit are not the only club monitoring the ?Atleti man’s situation, with ?Manchester United believed to be weighing up a move for Partey having been impressed by his rapid development in recent years.

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The news that Partey is unsure where he will be lying his trade next season comes as something of a surprise after he ??affirmed his desire to stay in Madrid little over a month ago.

He may not have a say in the matter, though, with club officials identifying Inter’s Icardi as their preferred replacement for the outgoing Antoine Griezmann.

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Barcelona Set Prices for Umtiti, Rakitic & Coutinho as They Look to Raise €265m in Summer Overhaul

?Barcelona are spending big this summer with €75m Frenkie de Jong already confirmed and Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann likely on the way for even bigger fees. 

However, the Spanish champions are looking to offset their outgoings with a number of sales this summer, which could total a massive €265m and see some very high-profile names put on the market.

?Marca claim that Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Nelson Semedo, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen will all be put up for sale by ?Barcelona as part of the shake-up, following another traumatic season in Europe. 


In addition, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, who were both loaned out in 2018/19 also, are (less surprisingly) expected to leave, while Marc Cucurella will be re-signed from Eibar before being sold for profit.

Most intriguingly, Marca puts specific price tags against many of the players named as available for market.

Philippe Coutinho

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As previously speculated ?by other reports, Coutinho’s tag is apparently set at €100m.

Marca name-check Chelsea as keen in the misfit Brazilian should Eden Hazard leave as anticipated. However, their ability to do business very much depends on the outcome of the CAS verdict on their two-window transfer ban.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also been linked with Coutinho, while ?Calciomercato claims the Red Devils are ‘interested’ but have yet to make a bid.

Spanish football expert ?Guillem Balague, meanwhile, slightly contradicts those reports by saying that Cotuinho is not ‘on the market’, but the Barça will listen to offers. Again, Balague mentions the figure of €100m.

Coutinho himself is apparently defiant over his Barça future, with the star’s agent Andrea Bartolucci insisting that ?the expected arrival of Griezmann won’t be as a replacement.

Samuel Umtiti

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The other most enticing name on the list for Premier League fans is 25-year-old World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti, for whom Marca assign the eyebrow-raisingly low price tag of just €40m.

The likes of Arsenal have been linked in the past. However, regardless of how reasonable Umtiti’s valuation is in the current market, ?it may be too much for the Gunners who could be in for a lean summer if they don’t win the Europa League.

Umtiti has suffered with a difficult knee injury this season and has seen his first-team berth usurped by fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet. Marca also add in their report that Umtiti ‘has no intention to leave’, making a transfer difficult.

Meanwhile, Rakitic is listed at €50m. A report from Catalan daily ?Sport suggests Inter will make an offer of that value if the Nerazzurri qualifies for the Champions League. With two games to play in Serie A, Inter are currently third and four points ahead of fifth, making that a probable outcome.

In addition, Semedo is tipped to sell for €35m, Cillessen €30m and Gomes between €20m and €25m.

A bidding war between Tottenham and Everton is expected for the latter after he impressed in the Premier League with the Toffees in 2018/19.

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Milan Skriniar Commits Future to Inter With Contract Extension Until Summer of 2023

?Inter have ?confirmed that Slovakian centre-back Milan Skriniar has committed his long-term future to the club after agreeing to a new four-year contract that runs until the summer of 2023.

Skriniar, who has been linked with Manchester United at various points over the last 12 months or so, was already under contract at San Siro until 2022.

The 24-year-old has barely missed a Serie A game since joining Inter from Sampdoria in 2017. He played all 38 league games in his debut season and has played in 33 of 36 so far in 2018/19.

Inter need just one more win from either of their two remaining Serie A fixtures to confirm qualification for the Champions League for the second season in a row.

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Rivals AC Milan are currently battling with Atalanta for the fourth Champions League place, but are three points behind the Bergamo-based club, while Roma are also in danger of missing out.

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Wilfried Zaha: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

?After 323 games for the Eagles, Wilfried Zaha looks finally set for a move away from Selhurst Park after making his feelings known to the club that he wishes to seek new pastures.

The Ivory Coast international has been the club’s talisman ever since since making the jump from the youth side into the senior fold in 2010. However, after numerous transfer windows of uncertainty it appears Crystal Palace’s 5-3 final day win over Bournemouth will be the curtain call on the 26-year-old’s time in south London.

Zaha ?expressed his desire to play ?Champions League football after meeting with club chairman Steve Parish to confess he is looking to lift silverware and compete against Europe’s best.

With an £80m valuation, few sides will be able to afford the technically gifted forward. Furthermore, the side in question will need to be taking part in the continent’s elite club competition, thus his options may be somewhat limited.

Let’s take a look at where he might be lining up in a few months time.


Manchester United

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They need something, anything at this point, to give the club a lift after a season of crushing disappointment at Old Trafford. It would mark his second stint in Manchester, having joined the ?Red Devils back in 2013 in a quite frankly disastrous spell.

Zaha made only four appearances for United over two years, having loan spells at Cardiff and back at Palace before permanently returning to his boyhood club in 2015. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs to reinvigorate his failing squad, with Zaha arguably one of the star players in the league and certainly capable of getting supporters off their seats – even if it didn’t work out the first time.

The money is there, even if Champions League football isn’t, so it would require a monumental effort from the United board to see this one go through, although there are few of the Old Trafford faithful who would argue against it.

Probability Rating: 2/10


Inter

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A far more tactically based league paves the way for creative players to unlock rigid and structured defences, with Zaha possessing a shedload of tricks and flicks that would suit any ?Serie A side well.

The frontrunners in Italy are ?Inter, who are repeatedly mentioned among potential suitors for the pacy forward. Luciano Spalletti’s side have not yet secured Champions League football for next season ahead of the final two rounds of league fixtures, but are in a strong position to do so. 

As one of the country’s biggest clubs, the temptation could be there for Zaha to take on an entirely new challenge. However, with his chances of winning silverware with the Nerazzurri slim at best, they may have fallen down the pecking order.

Probability Rating: 2/10


Arsenal

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According to the ?Daily MailArsenal have sent scouts to watch Zaha ‘intensely’ this season. The reasons for that are clear due to Zaha’s quality, yet with the club’s finances slim at best, it appears a shot in the dark that they could muster up a cut-price deal – with a rumoured £40m to spend in the summer.

A Europa League win would extend the purse strings but, even so, it would cost the ?Gunners their entire transfer kitty.

From a footballing perspective the move would suit Zaha,  with Unai Emery favouring an open, attacking brand of football, as opposed to the counter-attacking style he is used to at Palace. However, in order to make the jump up to play with Europe’s best he will need to embrace a new system.

Probability Rating: 3/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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This move would constitute relocating out of London, but not by much. For any deal to take place, the club in question would need to have the finances available. Check. Secondly, they would need to be playing regular Champions League football. %1000 Check. Thirdly, they would need to offer a challenge big enough to pry Zaha away from the ?Premier League. Meh, not really.

PSG would undoubtedly offer the wide-man improved wages, be able to afford the fee in question and assure European football every year. The sticking point would be whether Zaha would relish playing in Ligue 1 knowing each season is won at a canter, with European football the only real highlight of the campaign.

Definitely not out of the question, but equally not set in stone.

Probability Rating: 4/10


Borussia Dortmund

Wilfried Zaha

It was reported back in January that the German heavyweights were keen on smashing their transfer record to lure the Ivorian to the ?Bundesliga, interest that could be heightened given the player’s desire for Champions League football.

The ?Black and Yellows have a hole burning in their pocket after sanctioning Christian Pulisic’s move to ?Chelsea for £57m , therefore financially a move could be on the cards. Dortmund are repeatedly among the top sides in Germany, almost guaranteed a top four place every season, thus the allure of European competition could tempt Zaha to make the move.

After Jadon Sancho’s impressive debut campaign for Dortmund, Zaha could well feel a similar pathway could be forged for him, despite the division not characteristically being as fierce or challenging as the Premier League.

Probability Rating: 6/10


Tottenham

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There is another part of north London that may suit the Ivorian far better, though. Spurs’ are probably counting their lucky stars he hasn’t moved on from Palace in the last 18 months. 

A time in which Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gone without signing anyone due to the constructing of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But with all that done and dusted and the chequebook open once more, this move has a strong air of possibility about it.

?Tottenham haven’t spent that sort of fee on any player in their history, and would need to smash their transfer record to bring Zaha in. But, with a top four spot cemented and a Champions League final to come, additional funding may be available for Daniel Levy to delve that little but deeper into his pockets. 

Of all the pathways leading out of Selhurst Park, the one leading to N17 offers the most likely route for Zaha.

Probability Rating: 8/10

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