After a...controversial week Inter need to focus solely on the match today to ensure the home side picks up all 3 points. Empoli is a team that Stefano Pioli and his men should be able to beat, and if the players are in the right mindset they should win regardless of the many absences in the Inter squad.
Pioli is missing Mauro Icardi (2 game suspension), Ivan Perisic (1 game suspension), Marcelo Brozovic (fractured toe), and Ever Banega (sprained knee). The Inter boss has decided to stick with a back three with Candreva in a deeper role, but Gabriel Barbosa will not be one of the faces coming in from the first whistle to replace the missing attackers. A lot of fans were calling for the youngster to start this match and as a result Rodrigo Palacio will be under considerable pressure to perform today, expect the home fans to harp on his every mistake.
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza; Milan, Italy
Kickoff Time: 2:45pm ET/ 8:45pm CET
Official Starting Lineups:
Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic; Murillo, Medel, Miranda; Candreva, Gagliardini, Kondogbia, D’Ambrosio; Joao Mario, Eder; Palacio.
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Skorupski; Veseli, Laurini, Cosic, Dimarco; Krunic, Diousse, Croce; El Kaddouri; Pucciarelli, Maccarone
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1 HD & PremiumSport 2 HD (Italy); BT Sport 2 HD (UK); beINSPORTS USA & RAI International (USA)