When it comes to the Coppa Italia one is always a little suspicious about how much the bigger sides care, but having reached the semifinal stage we assume that all remaining sides are here for the title.
Having said that it is hard to build a case of behalf of Napoli, before their away trip to the San Siro Wednesday. Here the home side nearly caused a riot Sunday evening with an incredible comeback win against City-rival AC Milan. With the Nerazzurri 2-0 down in the derby, they came storming out for the 2nd half and ended up 4-2 winners.
Ashley Young already looked well settled and Romelu Lukaku was sublime again, but others will perhaps get the chance to excel tonight and Antonio Conte might shuffle to pack. The match could offer a good opportunity for Conte who missed out on the league and cup double back in 2012 thanks to a final defeat at the hands of Napoli. Inter have now won three on the spin, while also claiming back-to-back Coppa Italia wins at home in 2020.
Napoli looked to be on the right track but suffered a major blow with a 3-2 defeat to Lecce. At home! That disappointment has left Gennaro Gattuso in trouble, with rumours already making the rounds that he’ll be released at the end of the season not long after being hailed a hero after three successive wins.
However, Gattuso has had some high-profile setbacks since arriving in Naples and on current form a clash with Inter simply looks a bridge too far. Inter beat Napoli and Gattuso last month with a very convincing 3-1 victory in Naples, one of three defeats the Partenopei have suffered against the current top three.
Inter vs SSC Napoli, Prediction and tip
In Serie A this season Inter have won nine of their 11 clashes with sides from the bottom-half. With the risk of this being a rather cautious encounter as the semifinal is being played over two legs, we take aim at the home win.