Buoyed by a decent showing and an important three points against Sampdoria, Inter take on the usually problematic Sassuolo in an early evening midweek fixture. Match tonight at 1930 CET.
No Inter fan looks at the match calendar, sees the Sassuolo matchday and isn’t immediately weary of their side’s prospects. Inter have traditionally suffered against the Neroverdi who seem to relish the possibility of raining on an Inter parade. That said, this new Inter, molded in Antonio Conte’s vision, seems to be more capable than ever to take care of business against “weaker” opposition.
Conte will, in all likelihood, start with the same eleven players as he did against Sassuolo. With attacking trio Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Christian Eriksen improving their interplay and understanding every day, the manager will probably be hoping for a quick attacking start to the match, where his side can score a couple of goals and then ease their physical output and manage the rest of match accordingly.
Coach Roberto DeZerbi’s Sassuolo restarted their campaign having been in decent form prior to the break, but a 4-1 thrashing by Atalanta in their first match back will have knocked a bit of the wind out of their sails.
The visitors will try and frustrate the hosts for as long as possible, hoping that the fast breaks of Inter tormentor Domenico Berardi and rising starlet Jeremie Boga can catch the Nerazzurri off guard giving the underdogs a fighting chance of taking home the three points.
Midfield trio Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino are all unavailable for selection due to various injuries (and the fact that Sensi is made of delicate Bohemia crystal). It is highly likely that Conte will select Roberto Gagliardini in midfield alongside Nicolo Barella to make up the missing spot.
Probable line-up (3-4-1-2): Handanovic (C); Bastoni, de Vrij, Skriniar; Young, Barella, Gagliardini, Candreva; Eriksen; Lautaro, Lukaku.
Last Season: Inter 0 – 0 Sassuolo.
Last 10 Head to Head: Inter have slowly been able to improve the head to head record between the two sides, it now stands at five wins for the guests and four wins for Inter.
Keep an Eye on
Antonio Candreva: The Candyman has looked his sharpest since football’s resumption. With a delicious assist to Lautaro on the second goal against Samp, Candreva seems to be in form. Seeing that the majority of Inter’s attacking threats seem to come from the right flank, having an in-form Candreva will be vitally important for Inter’s chances to taking away all three points.
Referee: Davide Massa.
Assistants: Schenone and Imperiale.
Fourth Official: Minelli.
VAR: Nasca and Alassio.
Prediction & Concluding Remarks
Prediction & scorers: Inter 2-0 Sassuolo. Lukaku and Candreva to get the goals for the hosts.
Concluding remarks: Much like the second half of the Sampdoria match, it is probable that this match will proceed in a manner where the result will take precedence over the quality of play. Expect Conte’s Inter to try and score early and put away the match as quickly as possible in order to minimize the requirement for effort disbursement over the ninety minutes.