There’s a lot on the line for Napoli in this match, even if it does mostly amount to “pride” in terms of immediate table standing. But with a big opponent coming to the Sao Paolo and an even bigger match looming, they need a big win in a bad way — and that won’t be easy.
To that end, Maurizio Sarri has elected to go for a more aggressively attacking mindset in this match, putting Piotr Zielinski and Amadou Diawara into midfield to join Marek Hamsik in supporting the attack. Speaking of that attack, the suspension of Dries Mertens for yellow card accumulation means that Manolo Gabbiadini has to start at striker — with no real support off the bench.
Still, with Inter’s form no better than Napoli’s and a strong side on the pitch, you have to think that Napoli have a chance in this match. Or at least we hope they do. God this last couple of months have sucked.
Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Callejon, Gabbiadini, Insigne
Inter Milan: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Ranocchia, Ansaldi; Brozovic, Kondogbia; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi
When: Friday, 8:45 p.m. CET, 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy
TV: beIN Sports (U.S.), Sky Calcio 1, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, PremiumSport HD (Italy), BT Sport 3 (U.K.)
Online: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.), Sky Go Italia (Italy), BT Sport Live Streaming (U.K.)