Inter Milan will be looking to cement their grip on second place in the Serie A when they welcome Napoli to the San Siro on Tuesday in their final home game of the season.
Inter moved into the second spot on the table with a comfortable 3-0 away win at Genoa. With the league title gone, Inter will be trying to ward off the second place from Atalanta and Lazio. They have 76 points, just one better than the two. This race will go to the final day as Inter travel to Atalanta.
With Juve stumbling in recent matches, these three clubs will rue their missed opportunities to get closer to them. Inter, in particular, only won 2 of six matches between July 5th and 22nd – same period Juve was dropping points.
With that being said, the season has been a great improvement for Inter and a second-place finish will represent their best finish since the 2010/11 season. They also have Europa League resuming but they have trained their guns now on securing finishing the league campaign strongly.
Aside from the Coppa Italia triumph over Juventus at the onset of the restarted campaign, this season represents one of the worst for Napoli in recent years. They are currently in 7th place in the league, a point behind sixth-placed Milan and five points behind fifth-placed Roma. With Lazio to come after this, it is almost impossible to see them cracking into the top 5. To put this in context, they have not finished outside the top 4 since the 2014/15 season.
They have struggled on their travels lately with been losses at Atalanta and Parma this month and a draw at mid-table Bologna.
Having already secured a Europa league berth vide the Coppa Italia Cup, they may be forgiven for the lack of interest in the league games as they have a second leg round of 16 tie against Barcelona coming up.
The setting for this game has all the hallmarks of an exciting fixture. Inter are coming into this match on a good run, having been undefeated in their last 6 games, winning three and drawing three. They definitely need a win here to hold onto second place as the chasing pack is just a point behind them. Napoli don’t really need a win as they’ve already qualified for Europa by winning Coppa Italia, but they still need to use this to gauge their preparedness for the Barcelona Champions League match. We are backing Inter to continue their good form and we are backing an Inter Win (Draw No Bet) @ 1.50 with Betway betting as our first betting prediction here.
Inter have often settled into games quickly by scoring the early goal. Given the circumstances of this game and with them playing at home, you would expect them to take the initiative and have a go at Napoli from the get-go. The combination of Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez has worked like a charm this season and we expect that to continue. We fancy Inter to get the opening goal @ 1.70 with Betway betting app as our last tip for this encounter.
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