Prediction and odds for the game: Inter (evens) v Napoli (5/2)
We are backing the home win
When: 12th February 2020, kick-off 7:45 PM
Where: Giuseppe Meazza
On Wednesday night, Inter host Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.
The Nerazzurri are enjoying a very promising campaign all around. While winning the Scudetto this season is Inter’s priority, Antonio Conte’s team will be looking to keep up the winning mentality in this cup tie.
Inter head into this clash on the back of a memorable 4-2 derby win over AC Milan last time out after they came from two goals down. The win will send the Nerazzurri into this clash in good spirits.
The victory over the Rossoneri was Inter’s third straight win in all competitions, including a 2-1 win over Fiorentina in this competition. Inter are unbeaten in six games in the Coppa Italia in 90 minutes, having recorded four victories in the process. Prior to the win over Fiorentina, they recorded a victory over Cagliari in the previous round.
The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in five home games in the Coppa Italia on home soil in 90 minutes, having won three of their last four home matches in this competition.
The visitors have endured a difficult campaign. However, a decent recent of form ended last time out, when Gennaro Gattuso’s team suffered a 3-2 home defeat against Lecce. The loss ended a three-game winning run for the visitors in all competitions.
Napoli have a mixed recent record in the Coppa Italia, winning three and losing two of their last five matches in the cup competition. This season the team from Naples have beaten Perugia and impressively Lazio in the previous two rounds, without conceding a goal.
Their recent Coppa Italia matches have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five matches in the competition.
Napoli have struggled for victories on their travels in the Coppa Italia, winning just twice in their last 11 matches in the competition. In fact, the visitors have lost three of their last five games on their travels. The team from Naples have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 away games in the Coppa Italia.
Napoli have faced Inter on four previous occasions in this competition, winning twice and suffering just one defeat. It may be a challenge for the visitors to maintain that good run.
Inter have been impressive of late in all competitions, while Lecce dented Napoli’s mini-revival last time out. Mainly due to their good recent form, we are backing the Nerazzurri to record a victory to take into the second leg in Naples. We also believe that this will be a high-scoring game, simply because both sides have involved in relatively goal-filled matches of late. With that in mind, we are backing the over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at evens and/or the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 9/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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