Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 3:45pm ET/ 21:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara; Bologna, Italy
Three consecutive draws. Four matches in a row without a win. These results have seen Inter drop from top of the table to fourth place (sandwiched below Napoli and Fiorentina while ahead of Lazio all on goal difference). With this in mind Mancini will take his team to the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in order to take on Bologna. The home team is also struggling at the moment though their situation is considerable worse. They are currently at the edge of the relegation zone with six points from their first nine matches finding them in eighteenth place. Both teams want a win, we'll just have to see who wants it more.
Both managers are missing three players for this match. Alex Ferrari is out with a thigh injury, Robert Acquafresca with a calf injury and Franco Zuculini with a cruciate ligament injury. Mancini is missing D'Ambrosio due to the flu, Dodo with a knee injury, and Murillo due to his red card against Palermo. Medel is expected to jump back into the defense to fill in that hole.
Since there are so many matches coming up so quickly, Mancini is expected to do some rotating of the usual lineup. Biabiany is one of the names that have been mentioned to jump into the starting 11, while Brozovic and possibly even Ljajic could get a chance from the first whistle. Santon is expected to take his place back in the fullback position as well.
Though Inter has slipped up in recent matches the team is only two points back from league leaders Roma. This was why the fast start to the season was so necessary, because it allowed the team to have a period of sloppiness without hurting as bad as it could have. But now that slacking off time needs to end. This is absolutely a match that Inter can and should win. Three points here would start to steady the ship and put the team back in confident spirits ahead of Saturday's key match against Roma. The team needs to show its hunger, grit, and creativity to get a victory tomorrow. We have seen the first two quite a few times so far this season, let's see if the creative juices can start to flow against Bologna.
Offficial Starting XI's
Bologna: Da Costa; Ferrari, Oikonomou, Rossettini, Masina; Diawara, Taider, Rizzo; Mounier, Mancosu, Giaccherini
Inter: Handanovic; Santon, Miranda, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Melo, Kondogbia; Brozovic, Perisic, Ljajic; Icardi