When: Sunday, September 11, 2:45pm ET / 8:45pm CET.
Where: Stadio Adriatico Giovanni Cornacchia, Pescara, Italy.
Two games, one point, three goals conceded, one goal scored. Not the type of start every Inter fan hoped for that’s for sure, but patience will be key in what could turn out to be one of the Nerazzurri's most satisfying season in a long, long time. That's why I won't be too disappointed if Inter doesn't get three points this week. I do think though that this Sunday they have a great chance to finally show what they are capable of and give their loyal fans a deserved reason to celebrate.
Pescara is a fun and talented team and they will surely give some headaches to an Inter defense that still needs time to learn how to play together and be the cornerstone on which FdB will build his playing system. In particular, the full-back situation is still a big quandary for the Dutch coach and it will probably be Inter's weak spot, at least until Ansaldi will be finally fit enough to make his Serie A debut for Inter.
There shouldn't be many changes to the squad which will be on the pitch from the start for Inter since the Palermo match. Candreva, who looked finally ready to play most, if not the whole 90 minutes of the game with the National team, will probably replace Eder as the right winger, a role that suits the former Lazio player better than the Brazilian-born forward. Medel could be moved to the bench to make space for the debut of Joao Mario but I wouldn't be surprised if De Boer chooses to not have him on the ground from the very first minute. He still needs time to learn the new system in which he is going to play, and throwing him into the fray right away may be more deleterious than useful for him and the team. Santon should start his second match in a row, even though there is a slight chance that Miangue is going to replace him in the starting XI. The Belgian youngster looked more focused and fit than the Italian against Palermo and I would be very happy if De Boer chooses to start him tomorrow.
History is on the Nerazzurri's side for this match. Inter won the last six games against the Delfini and also scored at least twice in each of these matches, while keeping a clean sheet four times. Last time Inter lost against Pescara? April 1978.
Three reason to watch this match:
- Joao Mario (probable) debut.
- Watch Rey Manaj and Gianluca Caprari play. Both are Inter players on loan to Pescara and they both already scored once this season. Future.
There's a good chance this will be Inter's first win of the season,uhm, wait, I don't want to jinx it so let's forget this point ok?
Predicted Starting XIs
Pescara: Bizzarri; Zampano, Campagnaro, Gyomber, Biraghi; Cristante, Aquilani, Memushaj; Verre, Benali; Caprari.
Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Murillo, Santon; Joao Mario, Banega, Kondogbia;Candreva, Icardi, Perisic.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Supercalcio HD, PremiumSport HD (Italy); BT Sport 2 (UK).
Online: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK); beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. (USA); Sky Go (Italy).