Serie A PREVIEW | Inter v Verona

After drawing 1-1 with Genoa in their last match, Serie A action returns to the San Siro as Inter will aim to consolidate their position at the top of the table when they host lowly Verona tomorrow. 

Inter’s winning run in the league finally came to an end when Radu Dragusin’s goal equalised the scores in their last match after Marko Aranutovic helped the visitors take the lead. However, the Nerazzurri are currently on a streak of 12 unbeaten Serie A games in a row and tomorrow’s clash could extend that. 

The previous matchday’s results piled pressure on manager Simone Inzaghi as his team’s draw paved the way for chasing pack Juventus to reduce the difference with them to two points. Points were shared when they met the Bianconeri this season and as things stand, these two sides are now the direct competitors for the Scudetto. 

Inter haven’t conceded a single goal across their last four home matches which include wins over Roma, Udinese, Frosinone and Lecce. Simone Inzaghi will hope that this side continue their stunning defensive form.

Meanwhile, Verona approach this match as massive underdogs taking into account their recent history with Inter, losing three consecutive matches without scoring a single goal over the past seasons. 

While the Gialloblu picked up a 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Cagliari just before Christmas, their momentum found a dent in their previous outing when they lost 1-0 to rock-bottom Salernitana. 

Marco Baroni’s men are level on points with 18th-placed Cagliari and need to keep scoring points to pull away from the drop zone. They are one of the second-lowest goalscorers in the league season after Empoli and finding the net against this marvellous Nerazzurri defence would certainly be a miraculous job. 

Results from their last five matches across all competitions

Inter: 

D W L W D

Verona:

L W L D D

Team News

Marko Arnautovic’s goal against Genoa will not be enough to grant him a starting place as Lautaro Martinez has fully recovered from his injury. 

Benjamin Pavard makes his return to training and he will be in contention for the game. New arrival Tajon Buchanan will not be available to feature until next week.

As for Verona, Cyril Ngonge will look to continue his convincing form upfront, supporting striker Milan Djuric. 

Martin Hongla’s departure to Granada will make way for Ondrej Duda to start in midfield. 

Predicted XIs

Inter (3-5-2): Sommer; Pavard, Acerbi, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Martinez

Verona (4-2-3-1): Montipo; Tchatchoua, Dawidowicz, Magnani, Doig; Duda, Folorunsho; Ngonge, Suslov, Lazovic; Djuric

 

Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN

 

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