Gameweek seven gets underway for Inter Milan at the San Siro Saturday against Cagliari. The Nerazzurri have turned things around and have won three straight matches. They may not have been the most convincing wins, but at the end of the day three points are three points.
Inter sits in sixth in the Serie A table with 10 points through six games. Cagliari has earned six points in six and sit in 16th place.
Team News – Inter
The Nerazzurri have won their last three games despite trailing in the second half in two of them. There were 94th minute winners in both the Champions League game versus Tottenham Hotspur and the Serie A clash with Sampdoria that saw Inter get three points in each. This is a team that will fight until the end, a trait that avoided teams of recent past. Great teams always find a way to win these games and maybe this is the beginning of something great. There is a lot left to see for that to happen but you never know.
This is a classic trap game for Inter that they have always fell for in years past. A home game against a lesser opponent before an important midweek fixture has seen Inter fall more often than not. Luciano Spalletti really needs to make sure the lads are focused for this game and not looking ahead.
I think some key players will be rested in this matchup. I expect Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic to get a breather and come on as subs if needed. I also wouldn’t be shocked if Mauro Icardi started off the bench. Expect Inter to come out in the 4-2-3-1 that they have been playing in lately. This will be Inter’s fifth game in 14 days so a new starting XI with some fresh faces is almost guaranteed.
Team News – Cagliari
Cagliari comes into this matchup after drawing their midweek matchup with Sampdoria. They are 1-0-2 (W/D/L) away from home this season, their win coming against Atalanta and the losses coming from Empoli and Parma. Cagliari line up in a 4-3-1-2 with a diamond midfield.
They rotate between four strikers Marco Sau, Leonardo Pavoletti, Diego Farias, and Alberto Cerri. Pavoletti is the only one of the four to find the back of the net this season when he scored a brace against Sassuolo. Joao Pedro Dos Santos Galvao, Nicolo Barella, Lucas Castro, and Filip Bradaric are the main stays in the diamond midfield. They do rotate out some each game with Artur Ionita and Luca Cigarini. The defensive line should have at least Ragnar Klavan, Simone Padoin, and Darljo Srna as each have started four games this season.
I really think this is a trap game. I also think this is a different Inter team and I will ride with the run of form they are in. Inter to win 3-1 running away with it in the second half.
Date & Time: September 29, 2018, 8:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast)
Location: Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, Milan
TV/Streaming: If you live in the United States you can follow the game on ESPN+, while Italian viewers will find it on Sky Go Italia or DAZN Italy
For those in the UK, you can find the game on Eleven Sports 2 UK.
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