When: Saturday, March 18th, 1:00pm ET
Where: Stadio Olimpico; Turin, Italy
Inter have been flexing their goalscoring muscles lately, smashing 5 past Cagliari and 7 past a high flying Atalanta. Next up is Torino, a side that boasts Serie A's top goalscorer in Andrea Belotti who is 2 ahead of Inter's own hitman, Mauro Icardi. The Argentine will be eager both to catch up to his rival and to continue to make Argentina National Team coach Bauza eat his words, while Belotti will try to put more space between himself and the chasing pack, so this could easily turn into a high-scoring affair.
That of course depends on what happens with the defenses in this match. On the one hand, Inter has stabilized the defense recently and the club's 29 goals conceded is just about rigjt for a club just in and around the Champions League places. On the other hand, Torino's 46 goals conceded is something to be expected from a club worried about the relegation zone not sitting comfortably in 10th place. All this means that both defenses will be under a decent amount of pressure, but one is expected to hold much better than the other. Samir Handanovic and Joe Hart will have busy afternoons.
Stefano Pioli lost no players to injury or suspension in the Atalanta mauling. It's expected that he'll use the same lineup from the previous round. Sinisa Mihajlovic is missing former Inter midfielder Joel Obi while Maxi Lopez (lol) and Danilo Avelar are doubtful for the game.
Probable Starting XIs
Torino: (4-3-3): Hart; Zappacosta, Moretti, Rossettini, Molinaro; Acquah, Lukah, Baselli; Iago Falque, Belotti, Ljajic
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Ansaldi, Medel, Miranda, D'Ambrosio; Gagliardini, Kondogbia; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
How to Watch
TV: Sky Calcio 1, Sky Supercalcio, Premium Sport (Italy); beIN Sports, RAI International (USA)
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