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February 26, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
 

Napoli - Inter Preview: Nerazzurri looking to end dreadful five-game winless run

Both teams are coming off very different results in the Champions League and will now turn their attention to domestic matters on Sunday at the Stadio San Paolo

By Max De Luca

Sneijder & Milito - Inter (Getty Images)
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

NAPOLI


De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Zuniga
 Pandev
Lavezzi, Cavani
INTER


Julio Cesar
Nagatomo, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Poli
Sneijder
Milito, Pazzini

The biggest blow for Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is the absence of Marek Hamsik, who is suspended. The Slovakia international will likely be replaced by Goran Pandev.

Hugo Campagnaro should be able to shrug off the head injury that he picked up in the 3-1 triumph over Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday and feature at the San Paolo on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Inter coach Claudio Ranieri will be without a handful of first-team regulars for the crunch clash. Maicon has been ruled out for two to three weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the midweek setback to Marseille, while Fredy Guarin is still nursing a calf injury and will have to wait to make his debut for the Nerazzurri.

Ricky Alvarez has still not recovered from his muscle injury and Andrea Ranocchia pulled out of training on Thursday with a thigh problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli beat Inter 2-0 in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on January 25, eliminating the holders from the tournament.
  • The Partenopei have kept four straight clean sheets in Serie A action.
  • Mazzarri's men have outscored their opponents 8-1 in their last three competitive games.
  • Napoli's 41 goals scored is the second-highest total in Serie A, behind only leaders AC Milan.
  • Inter have failed to pick up a win in their last five Serie A encounters, conceding 13 goals during that span.
  • The Nerazzurri have been held scoreless in their last four matches in all competitions.
  • Ranieri's side have been outscored 8-0 in their past four games away from San Siro.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
3Andrea DossenaDefender
21Federico FernándezDefender
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Edu VargasStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Marco FaraoniDefender
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
Players to Watch
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Ezequiel Lavezzi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Argentine forward was sensational for the Partenopei in their midweek triumph over Chelsea in the Champions League and will be eager to put together another man-of-the-match performance against the beleaguered Nerazzurri on Sunday.

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Dutchman has endured a miserable campaign on both a club and personal level, iIndifferent form and numerous injuries derailing what could have been a promising season. Inter will need their playmaker to pull the strings in midfield if they are going to end their winless streak.

Prediction
The Nerazzurri are ripe for the picking and the southern Italians will heap more misery on Claudio Ranieri with a comfortable win for the Partenopei. 
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 3
Inter 1
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0