Over the last few weeks, Inter Milan’s play has left little to be desired. An inability to find the back of the net coupled with silly passing mistakes have led to a drought for the Nerazzurri.
Now, Luciano Spalletti’s side is desperate for a win … heck, desperate for goals.
Inter Milan team news
With Keita Balde, Sime Vrsaljko and Borja Valero all out with injury and Matteo Politano out thanks to a suspension, Spalletti will have limited resources to work with.
I would expect to see Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez start up front for Inter as they try to find some offensive form.
A bigger question comes with Ivan Perisic. With his transfer non-existent, the issue is whether he is mentally prepared to get back on the pitch after submitting a transfer request prior to the match with Torino.
The Croatian winger has not played since the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo and I am not sure that Spalletti is willing to give him a shot against Bologna.
While he likely won’t start, new loanee Cedric Soares could be a defensive addition in the second half as he starts to earn a spot with the Nerazzurri on a permanent basis.
In their last meeting, Inter brought home a comfortable 3-0 win.
Projected lineup: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Miranda, Dalbert; Brozovic, Vecino, Nainggolan; Icardi, Martinez
Bologna team news
To say the season thus far for the Rossoblu has been a disappointment would be a gross understatement
Bologna are sitting on 14 points in 21 matches and are third from the bottom, just a point ahead of Frosinone and three points back of safety and Empoli. One bright spot is that one of their points came due to a draw with AC Milan.
Their struggles have been with the defense as Bologna has allowed 42 goals in their 21 league matches this season. As a result, they have earned just three points in their last seven Serie A matches.
For their match Sunday, they will be without Blerim Dzemali thanks to an injury while defenders Fliip Helander and Federico Mattiello are both out for suspension.
In addition, the club recently named Sinisa Mihajlovic as its new manager. He replaced Filippo Inzaghi, who was sacked earlier this week. Mihailovic was most recently the manager at Sporting Lisbon, but his tenure lasted just nine days. It is the second time Mihailovic has replaced Inzaghi as he did in 2015 at AC Milan.
On paper, it would seem this would be the perfect match for Inter to change their fortunes and keep Bologna down in the relegation zone.
Projected lineup: Skorupski; Mbaye, Danilo, Calabresi, Dijks; Orsolini, Poli, Pulgar, Soriano, Sansone; Palacio
Time and Date: 12 p.m. EST (5 p.m. local) Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milan)
How to watch: In the United States, the match will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes. If you are watching in the United Kingdom, you can view the match on Eleven Sports 2 UK and Premier Sports 1. In Italy, the match will be broadcast on Sky Supercalcio HD, Sky Sport Serie A and Sky Go Italia.
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