Another tricky away trip lies ahead in the Serie A for Inter Milan as they travel to Emilia-Romagna to take on Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in the Serie A. Match tomorrow Saturday, at 20:45 CET.
Sassuolo lost their young and impressive manager Roberto De Zerbi (who Inter faced midweek in the Champions League) to Shakhtar Donetsk, and replaced him with another rising star in Alessio Dionisi.
Despite Dionisi’s tenure with the Neroverdi not getting off to the best start, the team still seem to show positive signs of coherent attacking play despite the somewhat leaky defense.
Sassuolo possess what could possibly be one of the best young attacks in the Serie A, combining all of the perennial Inter nemesis Domenico Berardi, the always threatening Jeremie Boga and rising Italian starlet Giacomo Raspadori.
This impressive trio is conducted by Serbian playmaker Filip Duricic making for a potentially very difficult night for the Nerazzurri’s defenders.
Sassuolo seem to struggle when faced with threatening attacking play from the flanks. Expect Simone Inzaghi to thus give Denzel Dumfries his second consecutive start this season, and to deploy the wily veteran Ivan Perisic on the opposite flank in order to allow his side to find spaces out wide.
It is rumoured that Joaquin Correa might start ahead of Edin Dzeko alongside Lautaro Martinez in attack, but it is more likely that Simone Inzaghi will keep the Argentine on the bench and use him to change the style of play if required later in the match.
Inter need to win this type of match, and this match in particular, if they are to but to bed the growing unease among the club’s supporters following the two draws against Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Inter treatment room is clear and is currently only occupied by the ever-injured Stefano Sensi as well as Christian Eriksen following his medical emergency in Euro 2020.
Probable Inter line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic (C); Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Gagliardini, Calhanoglu, Barella, Perisic; Lautaro, Dzeko.
Last Season: Sassuolo 0 – 3 Inter.
Last 10 Head to Head:
It’s even Stevens between the two sides with four wins a piece over the past ten matches. That said, of the matches played at the Mapei Stadium, Inter hold at two to one lead.
Keep An Eye On
Lautaro Martinez: El Toro has found some of his best form so far this season, but he seems to be still missing some deadly clinicality in front of goal.
It is in matches like this one, tricky away encounters, that the Nerazzurri will need Lauti to really shine his scoring boots and eliminate some of the wastefulness in front of goal that he’s been culpable of at times.
Referee: Luca Pairetto.
Assistant referees: Longo and Margani.
Fourth Official: Garillio.
VAR: Nasca and Peretti.
Prediction & Concluding Remarks
Prediction & scorers: Sassuolo 1 – 2 Inter; with Lautaro and Calhanoglu bringing home the points.
Concluding remarks: Sassuolo are a tough nut to crack under any manager, but the reigning champions should ultimately be able to navigate this match capably and bring home the three points. Expect the first clean sheet to continue to elude Samir Handanovic especially with Berardi on the pitch.