Inter Milan veterans Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez are vying for a starting berth for the Serie A clash against Cagliari this weekend.

The Nerazzurri are closing in on the Scudetto title, so they’ll be looking to beat the Sardinians to set up what could be a decisive Derby della Madonnina showdown on April 22nd.

However, Simone Inzaghi will have to do without Lautaro Martinez and Benjamin Pavard this weekend. Both players picked up their fifth booking of the season during the dramatic win over Udinese.

With the club captain out of action, Marcus Thuram will lead the line. Nonetheless, the identity of his striking partner remains uncertain.

According to Sky Sport Italia via FcInter1908, Arnatutovic and Sanchez are competing for a starting berth.

Both strikers are in good physical condition and were both involved in Davide Frattesi’s winner on Monday.

Nevertheless, the source considers the Austrian as the favorite to get the nod.

This is partially because the Chilean has often proved to be an important addition when entering in the second half.

Marko Arnautovic The Favorite For A Starting Role Ahead Of Alexis Sanchez In Inter Milan Vs Cagliari Match

Moreover, Inzaghi has another dilemma at the back. With Pavard suspended, two defenders are in the running for a starting berth on the right side of the three-man backline.

As we reported earlier today, Stefan de Vrij has returned to training and could well recover in time for Sunday’s match.

The Dutchman usually operates at the center of the defensive trio, but can also feature on the right.

Nevertheless, Yann Bisseck has often risen to the occasion when Pavard was unavailable. So the 23-year-old German will be eager to ward off all competition and book himself a spot in the lineup.