December 12, 2013

Napoli v Inter Betting Preview 15/12/13

Napoli’s games have always been entertaining but lately they’ve crossed all limits. Last 2 rounds in Serie A they’ve scored a total of 7 goals and conceded 5.

Defensively there was always too much space between defenders but recently trains can pass by. It is true that last round Napoli were without first choice keeper Reina (injured) and central defender Britos (suspended). Now both of them should be back in the lineup.

Offensively Napoli are more dangerous than about a months ago. Coach Rafa Benitez converted forward Pandev to an attacking midfielder position (replaced Hamsik). He accommodated fast and at the moment is in top form after scoring twice last round against Udinese.

With Higuain the sole striker, Insigne and Callejon on the sides, and Pandev in the center, Napoli can open up any defense in Serie A.

Last round we could see a significant change in Inter’s lineup. They used 2 offensive midfielders instead of 1, Guarin and Kovacic. Colombian Guarin is a versatile player and his tackling skills are also impressive, but at origins he is an attacking midfielder.

The consequences of this change were quickly seen on the scoreboard (3-3 against Parma). Despite conceding 3 goals, I believe Inter will keep the same system as their major problem so far was the offensive inefficiency.

This new formula also makes striker Palacio feel more comfortable as he receives more balls and has more options. Palacio scored his last double about 2 months ago away at Torino. Now, with this new system, he did it again last round.

This should be a fascinating encounter with fast paced actions on both ends and at least 3 goals. 8/11 at PaddyPower for over 2.5 goals is definitely a good price.

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