Preview: Inter vs Bologna – Is the crisis finally behind us?
Word from the players out of Appiano is that they’ve put the crisis behind them, and they will be more than eager to demonstrate this as they take on Bologna at home. Match on Sunday at 15:00CET
Reports suggest that both Mauro Icardi and Rafinha will be selected by Spaletti as starters for the match. This will mean that for the first time in a very long time, Spaletti will have his best starting eleven at his disposal. The announced summer signing of Lauturo Martinez and Stefan de Vrij will also be expected to have positive effect on morale within the squad, and maybe even shake things up a bit with the squad.
Probable Inter line-up (subject to change): (4-2-3-1) Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar, Cancelo; Valero, Vecino; Perisic, Rafinha, Candreva; Icardi (C)
Last Season: Inter 1 – 1 Bologna
Last 10 Head to Head: Draws have been the name of the game between both sides in their last ten league encounters, with five of the ten matches ending with the points shared. Interestingly, Bologna last been Inter almost five years ago in March 2013 at the Meazza.
Keep an Eye on
Rafinha: It seems certain that the attacking midfielder will be given a starting position as trequartista behind Icardi (or Eder). The ex-Barcelona player has had the misfortune of featuring off the bench in Inter’s previous two disappointing matches and he will hope that the couple of weeks he’s had to train with the squad and his involvement from the start of a match will afford him the chance to really make his mark on the performance.
Refereree: Paolo Valeri
Assistants: Bindoni, Longo
Fourth Official: Sacchi
Additional Assistants: La Penna, Vivenzi
Prediction & Authors Note
Prediction & scorers: Inter 2 – 1 Bologna Icardi and Perisic on the scoresheet.
Author’s Note: It is clear as day that Inter’s problems are mental, and so no logical comment can be really made on the potential outcome of the match. If the “real” Inter show up, then this can definitely be a straightforward winnable encounters, however, if the stuttering and unsure Inter of the last few games set foot in the Meazza, then all bets are off.