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  • May 5, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
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Napoli-Inter Preview: Partenopei look to cement second spot

Napoli-Inter Preview: Partenopei look to cement second spot

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The Naples club are within touching distance of confirming themselves as Serie A runners-up and will fancy their chances of taking another step towards that achievement on Sunday


Stadio San Paolo will play host to two teams of contrasting fortunes on Sunday. While Inter must surely be praying for the season to end given their incredible injury list, Napoli sit on the brink of confirming a very respectable second place finish.

The hosts appeared to be genuine challengers to Juventus for the Serie A crown for much of the season, before the Bianconeri opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the table.

But Napoli's own sizeable lead over third-placed AC Milan means they are close to sealing second spot and Champions League football next term.

They are able to boast a clean bill of health this weekend, but sadly the Nerazzurri cannot say the same. Captain Javier Zanetti (Achilles) the latest to fall foul of the injury curse that hovers over San Siro.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Napoli are seven points clear of third-placed AC Milan and look set to finish runners-up to champions in waiting Juventus.
  • The Partenopei have plenty to thank star man Edinson Cavani (pictured, right) for this season - he has 23 goals to his name, making him their top scorer.
  • Walter Mazzarri's men have won four of their last five games - with only a 1-1 draw with AC Milan halting them in their tracks.
  • Inter have won just one of their last five Serie A games and lost to Palermo in their last outing.
  • The Nerazzurri are without 11 first-team regulars after Javier Zanetti was ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
  • Inter's top goalscorer so far this season is Rodrigo Palacio - but he remains on the sidelines.

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Available Squads
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
23Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
11Valon BehramiMidfielder
9Edinson CavaniStriker
27Goran PandevStriker
15Roberto ColomboGoalkeeper
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
-Gianluca GravaDefender
14RolandoDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
-Marco DonadelMidfielder
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
22Josip RadoševićMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
9Emanuele CalaiòStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
2JonathanDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
-Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
-Marco FerraraDefender
-Lukas SpendlhoferDefender
-E. SchelottoMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Simone PasaDefender
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Francesco ForestaStriker
-Luca GarritanoStriker
Players to Watch
Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
If the speculation is to be believed, these could well be the Uruguayan's final few weeks in Naples. But with 23 goals to his name this season, the striker will be keen to add to his tally and cement his spot at the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts.
Andrea Ranocchia
Andrea Ranocchia
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
It may well be as a result of an injury list longer than the faces of most Inter fans at present, but the defender is likely to be captain in place of usual skipper Javier Zanetti. In what are the most testing times for the club on the pitch, his leadership skills from the back will be absolutely vital.
Prediction
Napoli have won four of their last five - Inter have lost four of their last five. That can only mean one thing, a convincing home win and another blow to the Nerazzurri's fading hopes of securing European football next season.
Editor's Prediction
Napoli 3
Inter 1

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