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Inter Milan vs. Palermo: Match Preview, Team News and Ways to Watch

Football is not only rumors and transfers, there are matches too! In fact, Inter will face Palermo during the second week of Serie A this Sunday.

FC Internazionale Milano v US Citta di Palermo - Serie A Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

We are (almost) all excited by the imminent arrival of both Joao Mario and the other one with the annoying moniker which is undoubtedly a great thing for the team in terms of quality, talent and also for the future, because both players are extremely young. Neither will play against Palermo, as expected, and Frank De Boer will have to wait until after the international break to finally have the possibility of seeing them running around in an Inter shirt.

Inter Milan vs. Palermo Sunday, August 28th12:00 ET / 18:00 CETStadio Giuseppe Meazza, milan, Italy

The glitter of these two signings didn't make us forget about last Sunday's embarrassing show against Chievo Verona. It was Frank's first official match as Inter coach so the whole team get a pass this time, at least for the tactical confusion, even though the lack of effort was extremely concerning. Maybe it was due to an inadequate physical training this summer as the players said multiple times after De Boer's arrival, but it surely was insufficient and unacceptable nonetheless.

This is the first home match for De Boer as Inter coach. It will be a special event and hopefully the team will reward their passionate fans in the best way possible: winning the match. As of right now, it would be chimeric expecting exciting football because the players are probably more focused on trying to follow their new coach's directions and understand what he wants from them. "All things take time" said FdB in the pregame conference. He's right and we will have to be patient for a little while until he and his men figure out how to bring the best out of each other.

De Boer made some weird choices for the Chievo match, choices he hopefully won't make anymore in the future. First, the Mazzarrian three-man defense. I won't pan it completely and I think that in some matches it may be a good choice trying to play with this defensive scheme, not with Ranocchia though. Medel would have been a much better choice than Andrea in that type of back-line as he already played in that role with the National team. Second, Banega needs to have more freedom to advance and play near the forwards. He is our most creative player and we need him to have more chances possible to feed our finishers, while also contributing to the start of the maneuver. Third, Perisic is our most dangerous player and he need to play every time he is physically able to do it. (Also Perisic scored both times last season when Inter faced the Rosanero, so..)

If a "Messiest club of the Serie A" would exist, Palermo would win it every year, hands down. Zamparini knows a thing or two about football, as he brought in future star players like Cavani, Toni, Pastore and Dybala, but when it comes to manage coaches, he is the absolute worst. He always blame them for the failures of his team and he throws them off and replaces them more frequently than a kid does with toys.

I expect nothing less than the three points from a match like this one. Of the teams that didn't make the jump from Serie B this season Palermo might be the worst squad of the Serie A. They lost Gilardino, Vazquez, Lazaar this summer and they didn't find adequate replacements in the transfer market.

Projected Starting XIs

Inter (4-3-3): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; Banega, Medel, Kondogbia, Eder, Icardi, Perisic;

Palermo (3-5-1-1): Posavec; Vitiello, Goldaniga, Andelkovic; Rispoli, Hiljemark, Gazzi, Chocev, Aleesami; Quaison; Nesterovski;

How to Watch

Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio HD, PremiumSport HD (Italy); BT Sport Live Streaming, BT Sport 2 (UK); fuboTV (USA), RAI International, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., beIN SPORTS USA (USA);