After two consecutive matches on the road, Inter re finally back home at the San Siro and will want to get back into the win column against visiting Hellas Verona. Match today at 15:00CET.
Antonio Conte will have one sole objective on his mind come Sunday afternoon; take all three points. If Inter do manage to beat visiting Verona they’ll have washed away any jitters generated by the two consecutive draws and will have the team well poised to ease into the title closing run of the season.
Hellas are, this season, the definitive mid-table team. Not only do they sit in tenth spot, but they have close to mean goals scored and conceded.
While this means that they might have little to play for at this stage of the season, it also means that they’re a team that possesses a hefty dose of quality in its ranks.
Ivan Juric has constructed a team that is solid and capable of some genuinely good football. With Kevin Lasagna (another perennial Inter tormentor) and recently called up Italy International Mattia Zaccagni upfront, the visitors are more than capable of hurting the hosts on a fast break.
Desite the winless pair of matches, there’s little more one can ask of the team to do except maybe to avoid the individual mistakes in defense and rediscover ruthlessness in front of goal.
There are reports that Christian Eriksen might sit the match out for Stefano Sensi, which might do the pair of players some good; allowing Sensi to rediscover his best form, and show Eriksen that he must always be in top form lest he lose his place in the starting lineup.
Conte spoke about the mental pressure the boys are under at the moment in trying to successfully bring home the long lost Scudetto.
It feels like all remaining points collected until the league is won will be taken as a result of proper mental preparation more than anything else. Hopefully Conte has done his usual best to ensure that the boys step onto the pitch in the right state of mind.
Romelu Lukaku, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young are all one yellow card away from a match suspension, which might be important information considering who is refereeing the match. Inter will be without the still recovering Aleksandar Kolarov and Arturo Vidal.
Probable Inter line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic (C); Bastoni, De Vrij, Skriniar; Perisic, Barella, Sensi, Brozovic, Hakimi; Lautaro, Lukaku.
Last Season: Inter 2 – 1 Hellas.
Last 10 Head to Head: Hellas have never beaten Inter in the modern era, the current ten match record has Inter winning seven times with Hellas managing just three draws. May the trend continue.
Keep An Eye On
Romelu Lukaku: The big Belgian forward had an uncharacteristically poor showing against Spezia midweek. There can be no doubt that he will want to put that performance behind him and get back to scoring and chasing the capocannoniere title.
Referee: Rosario Abisso.
Assistant referees: Galetto and Rossi.
Fourth Official: Prontera.
VAR: Nasca and Valeriani.
Prediction & Concluding Remarks
Prediction & scorers: Inter 3 – 0 Hellas; Lukaku, Lautaro and Hakimi to redeem themselves.
Concluding remarks: It seems the pressure of almost winning the scudetto might be getting to the boys, this match is as easy a lay-up as they’re ever going to get.
A convincing win here will in all likelihood take the edge off all nerves and pave the way to a more comfortable end of season run.