Inter – Napoli Preview: Claudio Ranieri aiming to maintain perfect start
The hosts will look to continue their winning ways under their new coach when they lock horns with their southern rivals at San Siro on Saturday
Nagatomo, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Obi
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Dossena
Claudio Ranieri will be without the services of influential midfielders Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta who are all out injured. Maicon, Ivan Cordoba and Emiliano Viviano are still sidelined with knee problems while Andrea Poli is not yet ready to feature for the first team. Andrea Ranocchia is suspended for picking up a red card against Novara. Giampaolo Pazzini will have to pass a late fitness test to face Napoli on Saturday.
Walter Mazzarri will be unable to call on his star striker Edinson Cavani, who limped off in the second half of the Champions League win over Villarreal midweek with an ankle injury. Defender Miguel Britos and midfielder Blerim Dzemaili will also miss the crunch class at San Siro.
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- Inter are unbeaten in their last 14 Serie A matches at San Siro.
- The Nerazzurri have won two games in a row in all competitions since Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini as coach.
- Napoli have failed to score in two of their first four Serie A encounters this season.
- The Coppa Italia holders beat Walter Mazzarri's men 3-1 at San Siro before playing out a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo during the 2010-11 campaign.
- The southern Italians have only win in their last five league games away from home (W1 D1 L3).
- Inter have scored 10 goals in their last five home Serie A matches (W4 D1 L0).
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Top 3 Predictions
Inter 2-1 Napoli
- 21.78 %
Inter 3-1 Napoli
- 16.15 %
Inter 2-0 Napoli
- 13.08 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||15 Dec 2013||Napoli 4 - Inter 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||5 May 2013||Napoli 3 - Inter 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||9 Dec 2012||Inter 2 - Napoli 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||26 Feb 2012||Napoli 1 - Inter 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||25 Jan 2012||Napoli 2 - Inter 0|
|15 Dec 2013||Napoli 4 - Inter 2||SR-A|
|8 Dec 2013||Inter 3 - Parma 3||SR-A|
|4 Dec 2013||Inter 3 - Trapani 2||ITAC|
|1 Dec 2013||Inter 1 - Sampdoria 1||SR-A|
|24 Nov 2013||Bologna 1 - Inter 1||SR-A|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|-||Cristian Gabriel Chávez||Midfielder|
The Argentine forward came off the bench to score the winner midweek in Moscow and will look for more of the same against Napoli. He will be counted on to provide the firepower up front if Pazzini fails to recover in time for the encounter on Saturday.
The pride of Macedonia will be eager to score against his parent club as he looks to silence his many critics in the San Siro stands. The scoring load will fall upon the shoulders of the 28-year-old in the absence of Cavani.
Ranieri's appointment seems to have stabilised Inter and they will continue to climb up the Serie A table with a crucial win over Napoli.
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