The Serie A welcomes the new year with an exciting clash. The draw to watch will be Inter Milan vs Napoli, where two of the league’s top clubs will look to kick off the restart on the right foot. Both teams have outstanding players that allow them to sit atop the league table.
Napoli are still undefeated this season, and they hope their fantastic form continues in 2023. Meanwhile, Inter Milan will be hungry to keep their title hopes alive after seeing AC Milan win it all last season.
This match will attract many eyes interested in Italian football. Moreover, their form will suggest an exciting duel with the makings of a top-tier Serie A match.
Napoli’s Attack Will Look to Assert Its Dominance
Gli Azzurri don’t have the best defense in Serie A, but their overwhelming attack has been the key to their success in the league. They will ensure that the Nerazzurri defense will feel the pressure throughout the 90 minutes.
OKBET players following the Italian top flight will be the first to tell you how dangerous Victor Osimhen is on the attack. The Nigerian striker is the top Serie A striker with nine goals. His excellent scoring sense, accompanied by his dominance in the air (he’s won 2.44 aerials per 90 at 6’ ½”), makes him the perfect advanced striker for Luciano Spalletti’s formation.
However, he isn’t the only key to the team’s rise to the top. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia blossomed into one of Europe’s most exciting attacking midfielders after moving to Naples from Dinamo Batumi for €10 million. He already bagged six goals and five assists in his debut Serie A campaign. He’s playing so well that Manchester City and Newcastle United are already lining up for his signature.
The two have become the core to a Napoli attack that teams have struggled to stop this season. They lead the Serie A in goals (2.47) and assists (2.07) per 90 minutes. While the team’s backline could use a bit of work, clubs never hire Spalletti for his defensive acumen.
As long as the team manages to play against Inter the same way they’ve performed throughout the season, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t get the three points to restart their campaign.
Inter Plan to Fight Fire With Fire
Napoli may be the top attacking outfit in Serie A, but Inter Milan aren’t far behind. I Nerazzurri also have a wealth of attacking talent that can match Gli Azzurri’s production blow for blow.
Italian football fans saw how potent Inter’s attack is this season. Led by World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez, the club’s attacking corps are all aged at least older than 25.
Martinez is playing his best football for Inter, scoring seven goals and supplying three assists in 14 starts and one substitute appearance. While his advanced scoring statistics aren’t as impressive as Osimhen’s, his defensive efforts are essential to Simone Inzaghi’s style of play.
One of the biggest keys for Inter is how they can keep possession. While I Nerazzurri take great care of the ball at 54.5%, Napoli stand at the top with an incredible 60%.
Inzaghi needs the rest of the squad to step up to the challenge to break their opponents’ invincible run. Edin Dzeko needs to continue defying time and add to his already-impressive six-goal haul. Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella must continue creating chances from the midfield. At the same time, Stefan de Vrij must lead the backline in stopping Gli Azzurri’s lightning-quick attacks.
Inzaghi will be hoping that his experienced players will be able to stop the attacking onslaught of the league leaders. Their performances in their two last games before the winter break suggest they will be relentless in their restart.
Inter Milan vs Napoli Predictions
The season’s first Inter Milan vs Napoli match will be decided by how the Nerazzurri defense can stop Gli Azzurri’s frontline from troubling Andre Onana in between the sticks. While Onana is a solid keeper, he cannot possibly save every shot fired by the Napolese attack.
This match can swing either way, as both teams have a propensity for scoring goals. Given how the two teams will be scrambling to regain their form, it’s not improbable to see a 2-2 draw playing out at the San Siro.
Welcome Serie A’s Return in Style
Inter Milan vs Napoli is the match to watch if you want to watch excellent football being played. Both of these squads have outstanding players that play entertaining football. You won’t be bored with this game as the potential for goals is sky-high.
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