?This festive period brings us some enticing football fixtures this December and quite potentially none less so than Boxing Day’s Serie A clash between Inter and Napoli.
Whilst the teams are only separated by one place in the table – with Napoli second in the league, ahead of Inter in third – things aren’t quite as tight as they could be. Indeed, Carlo Ancelotti’s men sit eight points ahead of I Nerazzurri.
But ?Napoli can’t afford to drop any more points themselves, with ?Juventus already running away from the rest of the league at the top of the table.
Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.
Where to Watch
|?When is Kick Off||?Wednesday 26 December|
|?What Time is Kick Off||?19:30 (BST)|
|?Where is it Played?||Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)|
|?TV Channel/Live Stream||?Eleven Sports 1|
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|?Inter||?Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic, Mario; Politano, ?Icardi, Perisic|
|?Napoli||?Meret; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Callejon, Zielinski, Hamsik, Fabian; ?Mertens, Insigne|
Head to Head Record
Last time out in the league, Inter were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Chievo Verona, conceding in the 91st minute. Things did go a little better the week before when they held off Udinese at home in a tight but important 1-0 win.
But that result came following the disappointment in Europe where a draw against PSV saw the Italian club fall out of the Champions League at the first hurdle – dropping into the Europa League.
Napoli suffered their own Champions League disappointment recently as well. After failing to beat Liverpool in the last group stage game, they too will drop into the Europa League when the competition resumes next year.
In the league, however, things have been going much better. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won their last four Serie A fixtures in a row and have not lost since their defeat away to ?Juventus back in September.
Here’s how the two sides have performed in their last five fixtures:
|?Chievo 1-1 Inter (22/12)||?Napoli 1-0 SPAL (22/12)|
|Inter 1-0 Udinese? (15/12)||?Cagliari 0-1 Napoli (16/12)|
|?Inter 1-1 PSV (12/12)||?Liverpool 1-0 Napoli (12/12)|
|?Juventus 1-0 Inter (7/12)||?Napoli 4-0 Frosinone (8/12)|
|?AS Roma 2-2 Inter (2/12)||?Atalanta 1-2 Napoli (3/12)|
Both the recent form and the recent history between the two suggests that this is going to be one difficult afternoon for Inter. Despite having the home advantage, I
Napoli’s needs are just as much as Inter’s, as