Inter return to league action after their Coppa Italia exploits, with a league game against Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday.
The Nerazzurri are hoping to remain in the hunt for the Scudetto and could temporarily close the gap on second-placed Napoli, who face Lazio on Sunday, to two points.
Meanwhile, the Neroverdi, who were eliminated from the Coppa Italia at the hands of the Neapolitans on the weekend, come into the game on the back of three successive defeats in all competitions and are hoping to get back to winning ways against Inter, who they defeated on the opening day of the campaign.
Check out 90min’s preview of the game below.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 19 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||19:30 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Stadio San Siro|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Eleven Sports 2|
Having rested several first-team players in the Coppa Italia, ?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti may choose to revert to some of his more familiar faces with
However, the Italian may choose to keep the likes of Antonio Candreva and Lautaro Martínez, who both scored twice against Benevento on the weekend.
Sassuolo have a lengthy list of absentees including Marlon,
|Inter||Handanovi?; Vrsaljko, Škriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Politano, Vecino, Valero, ?Periši?; Martínez, ?Icardi.|
|Sassuolo||Consigli; Lirola, Magnani, Peluso, Rogério; Locatelli, Sensi, Duncan; Berardi, Boateng, Boga.|
Head to Head Record
The Neroverdi have the better record going into the game, winning seven of the previous 11 meetings, with Il Biscione triumphing on just four occasions.
Sassuolo have won the last four successive meetings against the Nerazzurri, all by a one-goal margin, and have been victorious
Inter are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, winning four of the last five games, including their last three matches.
Sassuolo are currently four matches without a victory and have lost the last three matches
Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
|Inter 6-2 Benevento (13/1)||Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo (13/1)|
|Empoli 0-1 Inter (29/12)||Sassuolo 2-6 Atalanta (29/12)|
|Inter 1-0 Napoli (26/12)||Roma 3-1 Sassuolo (26/12)|
|Chievo 1-1 Inter (22/12)||Sassuolo 1-1 Torino (22/12)|
|Inter 1-0 Udinese (15/12)||Frosinone 0-2 Sassuolo (16/12)|
Inter will have several of their usual starters back in contention for the game against Sassuolo, who are without key defensive options.
Nerazzurri skipper Icardi is in terrific form this campaign, with 14 goals and three assists in 23 appearances overall and got back on the scoreboard against Benevento after a run of three games without netting. If he is in the mood against Sassuolo, La Beneamata could win the game convincingly.
However, the Neroverdi will take confidence knowing they have won the last four successive meetings against Inter and have managed to win the last three previous encounters against Inter at the San Siro.
Prediction: Inter 2-1 Sassuolo