After a disappointing mid-week draw away to Bologna, in which Inter were frankly outplayed, the Nerazzurri return to action on Sunday when they host Genoa at the San Siro. While the club’s most recent performances have left fans with plenty of reasons to be justifiably concerned, Inter’s first five results of the seasons have gone better than expected.
When we polled the community in the preseason about Inter’s season-opening fixtures, 59 percent of respondents expected the club to earn between 9 and 11 points from the first five matches. Inter’s 13 out of a possible 15 points to start the year see the club firmly in the top-three of the (way too early to judge) Serie A table.
Sunday’s match is chance for Inter to return to winning ways, and anything less than three points would be a serious disappointment. Genoa finished 16th in the league last season, and are off to a dreadful start to the new campaign. The club have only gained two points from their opening five fixtures, drawing away to Sassuolo in week one and at home against newly-promoted Chievo Verona on Wednesday. In-between the draws, Genoa lost three straight matches against Juventus, Udinese, and Lazio – conceding eight goals in the process.
If Genoa’s poor form isn’t enough to make you feel confident about Inter’s chances this Sunday, the match’s location should add further encouragement. Genoa haven’t won a match against Inter at the San Siro since 1994, and you after to go way back to 1955 (in the pre-Grande Inter era) for their second most recent win.
With all of this in mind, Sunday is a golden opportunity for Luciano Spalletti’s team to reset and get back to their winning ways. Failure to do so would be inexcusable. It’s now on the players and coaching staff to make it happen.
Date and Time: Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. CEST (9:00 a.m. on the U.S. East Coast)
Location: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza | Milan, Italy
TV/Streaming: In the United States, the game is available on beIN Sports USA (hooray for Inter finally being on TV!), with streaming through beINSPORTS Connect and fuboTV. In the UK the match will be shown on BT Sport 3 with streaming through BT Sport Live. Click here to find out where you can watch the match everywhere else in the world.
Inter Milan Squad
Goalkeepers: Handanovic, Padelli, Berni.
Defenders: Miranda, Dalbert, D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Santon (who’s finally back with the squad after returning from his injury), Vanheusden.
Midfielders: Gagliardini, Joao Mario, Vecino, Borja Valero, Brozovic.
Forwards: Icardi, Eder, Perisic, Candreva, Karamoh Pinamonti.
Potential Starting XI:
(4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Dalbert; Gagliardini, Vecino; Candreva, Eder, Perisic; Icardi.
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