Inter Milan vs Napoli Prediction, 12/16/2020 Serie A Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Inter Milan vs Napoli
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy
TV: ESPN 2
Odds/Point Spread: Inter Milan (-104) Napoli (+215)
Lautaro Martinez and Inter Milan (7-3-1, 2nd in Serie A) play Napoli (8-0-3, 4th in Serie A) at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday. The men protecting the net are Samir Handanovic for Inter Milan and David Ospina for Napoli. Inter Milan are at -104 while the Blues are at +215. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Inter Milan took the field against Cagliari in their last game and notched a win by a score of 3-1. Inter Milan attempted 18 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 15 of the tries for a rate of 83.3%. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 85.4% rate by converting 538 of the 630 pass targets in their last outing. Concerning shot accuracy, Inter Milan walked away from the pitch at a 47.6% rate by putting 10 shots on target out of 21 shots. Inter Milan sports an average of 2.45 goals per 90 (27 total goals) and have 22 assists in all competitions for the year.
Lautaro Martinez is a player who can be a difference maker for Inter Milan. He has 11 assists while accumulating 23 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Martinez has started 85 outings in his career and tallies 0.56 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Argentina has recorded 47 goals scored in 7,548 professional minutes. Another player who could decide the outcome is Romelu Lukaku, the forward representing Belgium. He has helped on a goal 52 times during his career while scoring 177 total goals. Lukaku has 27,760 mins in 306 career starting assignments and has been handed 26 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.57 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Inter Milan is Samir Handanovic. Handanović has defended the goal for a total of 47,273 mins and has earned 1,608 saves so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.12 (590 goals allowed) and he has a save % of .735. The goalie from Slovenia has faced 2,181 shots sent in his direction in 527 career starts. Handanović (245-139-142 mark during his career) has tallied 183 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 34.7% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, Napoli took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Sampdoria. Napoli finished with a 56.3% successful dribble rate by completing 9 of the 16 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 712 out of their 747 attempted passes for a percentage of 95.3%. Napoli connected on 6 shots attempted out of the team's 18 shots attempted which gave them a 33.3% clip in their last match. With 26 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, Napoli averages 2.60 goals and 1.90 assists per 90 minutes.
Lorenzo Insigne will need to be on top of his game for Napoli. The forward who is from Italy has been on the pitch for 22,621 minutes while scoring 88 goals. He has 24 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped on a goal 75 times. He is currently averaging 0.35 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 262 outings so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Dries Mertens, the forward representing Belgium. He has accumulated 179 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 119 different times. Mertens has been given 51 yellow cards in 31,845 minutes (356 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.51.
David Ospina will reside in front of the goal for Napoli. Ospina has totaled 86 shutouts and defended 1,067 shots against him in 22,621 career mins. He has earned a save percentage of .734 and his shutout rate is currently at 33.9%. He has given up 1.15 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 105-62-85. During his professional soccer career, Ospina has conceded 288 goals while tallying 781 saves in 254 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Serie A game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Inter Milan (-104)
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