Winless in four matches across all competitions, Inter now look to finally get three points when they host Torino. Match tomorrow Sunday at 15:00 CET.
Returning from the international break in the days of COVID-19 akin to a game of low-stakes Russian roulette. Over and above the usual risk of player injury while on international duty, clubs now have to contend with the added risk of coronavirus infections.
And so, despite losing Aleksandar Kolarov and Marcelo Brozovic due to the pair testing positive, Antonio Conte will probably be breathing a sigh of relief considering the causalities after the previous break.
Conte will have probably used the break to reflect deeply on why Inter have been unable to get the results that match their performances so far this season.
To the outside observer, there seems to be a clear issue with the conversion of created chances. This is particularly puzzling because Romelu Lukaku has been in stellar form so far, which would lead one to believe that it might be a more nuanced problem than it just being about misfiring strikers.
With visitors Torino possessing the second worse defensive record in the Serie A so far this season, Inter should be able to put away at least a couple of goals into the Granata’s net.
That said, Torino also possess a genuine top ten attacking record; with Andrea Belotti in some his best form ever, the visitors will possess the ability to hurt Inter at any point in time throughout the ninety minutes.
Conte will probably set his side up with no real surprises, thankfully all starting central defenders are healthy and available, coupled with the fact that midfield commander Nicolo Barella has been on red hot form for Italy along with Arturo Vidal impressing with his Chilean national side all mean that the starting lineup will have probably already revealed itself.
Inter must be more effective up front, but also be more balanced with going forward so as not to be susceptible to Torino’s dangerous counter attacks. An aggressive but balanced approach to the match seems like the most sensible way to approach the match.
The second wave of COVID-19 infections on the Inter roster has, so far, been kinder than the first one. Inter have lost both Aleksander Kolarov and Marcelo Brozovic but seem to have a complete roster otherwise. Perpetually sidelined Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino are unsurprisingly still unavailable for selection.
Probable line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic (C); Bastoni, De Vrij, Skriniar; Young, Vidal, Gagliardini, Barella, Hakimi; Lautaro, Lukaku.
Last Season: Inter 3 – 1 Torino.
Last 10 Head to Head: It’s a pretty tight record between the two sides, with Inter picking up four wins to Torino’s three.
Keep an Eye on
Romelu Lukaku: Big Rom is finally fit and back to his devastating scoring form. The Belgian talisman managed to rack up a couple of goals against Christian Eriksen’s Denmark to take his country to the final four of the European Nation’s League and will be ready to put on his scoring boots for Inter.
Referee: Federico La Penna.
Assistants: Cecconi and Di Vuolo.
Fourth Official: Pasqua.
VAR: Abisso and Galetto.
Prediction & Concluding Remarks
Prediction & scorers: Inter 2 – 0 Torino. Lukaku and Lautaro to continue their international football scoring streak.
Concluding remarks: Inter need a win. There are no two ways of looking at the situation. With the best eleven fully available for selection for the first time in a long time, Inter and Conte have nothing to hide behind.