In what is a mouth-watering affair with Italian football making its return to action from behind closed doors this week, Napoli and Inter Milan will face off in the semi-final of this year’s Coppa Italia on Saturday night.
Entering the enforced break back with a 2-1 win against Torino at the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli mark their return to action looking to secure a European finish after winning four of their last five appearances.
On the flip side, entering the break with what turned out to be a routine 2-0 defeat away at defending champions Juventus, Inter Milan saw their fading title ambitions take what could have been a critical blow.
Simply looking to find some stability at the back end of the campaign and with the Coppa Italia now their only chance to lift their first piece of domestic silverware since 2011, Saturday could offer us a lively contest in Naples.
With three of the last four meetings between the two sides at the Stadio San Paolo seeing over 2.5 goals at full-time, another high-scoring contest this weekend can be found priced at 17/20 with Betfair.
Napoli finding their feet?
Although Napoli may have drastically struggled to adjust to life under Gennaro Gattuso when the former AC Milan boss took over back in December, Saturday’s hosts were enjoying an eye-catching run prior to the break.
Putting in a shock display and unlucky to have only snatched a point off of Barcelona while on Champions League duties in March, Gli Azzurri have won four of their last five matchups across all competitions and suddenly find themselves back in the Serie A European picture.
In fact, with seven wins in their previous nine appearances and with just a sole defeat to their name since the middle of January, Napoli should make their return this weekend with the mood in their camp at a high.
Boosted by the news that Belgium winger Dries Mertens looks set to sign a new deal for the Naples outfit, Gattuso’s men will also be excited by what was a memorable trip to the San Siro in the first-leg.
Picking up a 1-0 win in Milan thanks to a stunning Fabián Ruiz strike, Napoli can be found priced at 1/2 with Bet365 to secure a spot in the final of the Coppa Italia for the first time since 2014 this weekend.
Lukaku to steal the show?
Entering the enforced break with back-to-back defeats against Juventus and Lazio and enduring an extended blip that saw them win just a pair of their last seven top-flight outings, Inter Milan have seen their title dreams put to bed for another year.
However, still firing in the Europa League and enjoying what has been a noteworthy campaign under Antonio Conte, Saturday’s guests have received a string of plaudits from across the continent after recruiting the likes of Christian Eriksen back in January.
If Inter Milan are to overcome their deficit this weekend, then there is no doubt that the former Chelsea boss will be hoping for Romelu Lukaku to extend on his tally in Naples.
Enjoying what has been a standout year at the San Siro since securing a switch from Old Trafford, the Belgium striker has recorded 27 goals for club and country this season and comfortably leads the race for Inter’s Golden Boot.
Forming an eye-catching partnership with strike partner and Barcelona target Lautaro Martínez, you might be interested to know that Lukaku can be found priced at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to mark his return with a goal on Saturday night.