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SPAL vs. Inter: Match preview, how to watch and match thread

The Nerazzurri look to right the ship against a struggling SPAL side

Photo by Marco Luzzani - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Inter Milan travel to 18th place SPAL 2013 on Sunday afternoon looking for their first league win in over a month and a half. After making it all the way to mid-December without losing a match, Inter are now in search of their first win in six games and risk falling even further down the Serie A table if they don’t grab all three points against Leonardo Semplici’s SPAL.

As Luciano Spalletti said at today’s press conference, “Whereas in the past you told me we needed to keep winning, now we have to return to winning ways.”

The Inter manager will have two new faces to help him do just that, new signings Lisandro Lopez and Rafinha.

SPAL, despite finding themselves in a relegation-zone spot, can be somewhat plucky against better teams. So far this season they’ve earned points against the likes of Lazio, Fiorentina, Torino, and Atalanta.

Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

This SPAL side don’t have too much of a hard time finding the back of the net: their 22 goals this season behind danger-man Mirco Antenucci (6 goals, 5 assists) are the most of any team below 12th in the table.

Their main problem is that SPAL bleeds goals. After 21 matches, the Biancazzurri have hemorrhaged 39 goals — nearly two per game. The Stadio Paolo Mazza, with a capacity of only 13,000, doesn’t seem to be much of a fortress...

Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images for Lega Serie B

Inter, meanwhile, can hardly afford to waste a good opportunity for three points at the moment. With no players missing through injury or suspension, Luciano Spalletti should like his chances.

A couple interesting starting XI dilemmas could arise for this trip to SPAL. Firstly, Yuto Nagatomo could return to the starting left-back spot after Davide Santon’s poor performance vs. Roma that included making an error that led directly to Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal. Sky Sports’ Giuseppe Bergomi made a good point midweek:

Additionally, could Rafinha immediately insert himself into the trequartista role to inject pace and creativity into the team, which would surely see Borja Valero drop back into one of the defensive midfield positions?

Damn, does he look good in Inter gear. It’ll be interesting to see how Spalletti employs his new signings.

While SPAL gave the Nerazzurri more trouble than expected at the San Siro in September, Inter should win handily this time around. Per usual, I like the prospect of Icardi, Candreva, and Perisic bearing down on a lower-tier back three.

My prediction is Inter 3-0 SPAL.

Forza Inter!

Match Info

Date & Time: Sunday, January 28th, 2018; 12:30 PM CEST (6:30 AM on the U.S. East Coast)

Location: Stadio Paolo Mazza; Ferrara, Italy

TV/Streaming: In the U.S., the game is available on beIN Sports 4, with streaming through beIN Sports Connect and fuboTV. In the U.K., the match will be shown on BT Sport Live and BT Sport 3. Click here to find out where you can watch the match everywhere else in the world.

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