2019-20 Coppa Italia – Napoli vs Internazionale Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Napoli vs Internazionale taking place? Thursday 5th March, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Napoli vs Internazionale taking place? Stadio San Paolo

What television channel is Napoli vs Internazionale on? BT Sport have the rights to Coppa Italia matches in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Napoli vs Internazionale? If the match is televised on BT Sport, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Napoli vs Internazionale? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

NAPOLI

  • Napoli claimed their fourth win in five games at home to Torino on Saturday and have also won seven of their last eight home matches in the Coppa Italia, although they have not got to the final since 2014.
  • Star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly returned to training this week having missed the last three games due to a thigh injury, but coach Gennaro Gattuso may choose not to risk him anyway with important matches coming up in Serie A and the Champions League.
  • Attacking duo Fernando Llorente and Amin Younes are doubtful having missed the Torino match because of illness, so either Arkadiusz Milik or Dries Mertens will lead the line, while January signing Diego Demme is likely to be recalled in midfield having been rested at the weekend.

INTERNAZIONALE

  • Internazionale’s last two Serie A fixtures have fallen victim to coronavirus so their last two games were their two victories over Ludogorets in the last 32 of the Europa League, and they travel to Naples trailing by one goal despite having over 60% possession in the first leg three weeks ago.
  • Samir Handanovic is expected to return in goal having missed the last six games because of a finger injury, which will be a welcome boost to coach Antonio Conte, but midfield pair Stefano Sensi and Roberto Gagliardini remain sidelined.
  • Conte is expected to make several changes from the team that started the second leg against Ludogorets last week, with the likes of Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Ashley Young and Marcelo Brozovic all in line to return to the starting line-up.

THE PREDICTION

Napoli are certainly beatable at home this season, as Inter proved when they won at the Stadio San Paolo in January. In fact, the Nerazzurri have lost just one of their last eight away outings in all competitions and have had extra-time to prepare for this one over their opponents. Being behind, the onus is on them to go on the attack in the second leg and they are certainly capable of overturning the deficit.

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