When: Sunday, October 2nd, 2:45 ET/ 8:45 CET
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.
Frank De Boer’s Inter has wobbled a bit recently. After the high of victories against Juventus and Empoli, the team stuttered to a draw against Bologna and then crashed to defeat in a shocking manner against Sparta Prague on Thursday. The Milanese club returns to Serie A action to take on AS Roma who happens to be just one point behind De Boer’s team.
Roma has also had some recent Serie A struggles, losing last weekend to Torino 3-1. They did respond well in the Europa League picking up a victory to leave them coming into this match in a fairly good mood. Inter loanee Juan Jesus is expected to start at leftback so Antonio Candreva (or whoever plays on the right wing for Inter) can look forward to taking on him and the rest of a Roman backline that has ranged at times from erratic to comical (sound familiar?).
The Nerazzurri manger has been talking over the last few days about making sure the Inter players have the right mentality coming into matches and not underestimating opponents. This should not be a problem in this game. Roma is Inter’s main rival for the top 3 this season and this match will be important to see which of the two sides will push Juventus and Napoli this season. A win would be great but like De Boer has been saying, winning the big games means nothing if there’s no continuity from match to match.
De Boer mentioned that Cristian Ansaldi most likely doesn’t have 90 minutes in him but he could see some playing time in this match. Another player who might not have a full match in his legs is Ever Banega who played the full Europa League match on Thursday so his fatigue will be something worth keeping an eye on. Geoffrey Kondogbia is back in the squad after the Bologna incident while Marcelo Brozovic isn’t in the traveling squad despite the manager saying he had been forgiven and could have a role in this game (though he did make some comments about use of social media which likely were directed towards the Croatian). Joao Mario returns from his mild injury and probably will play which means the only person still out is Marco Andreolli.
Predicted Starting XIs
Roma (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Peres, Fazio, Manolas, Juan Jesus; De Rossi, Strootman; Florenzi, Nainggolan, Perotti; Salah
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Ansaldi, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; Medel, Mario; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi
How to Watch:
TV: Sky Calcio 1, Roma TV, Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport 1 HD Italia (Italy); BT Sport 3 (UK);
Online: SKY Go Italia (Italy); BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA)
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