It’s been rough. It’s been really rough.
Inter Milan have failed to win a match since a 6-2 win against Benevento in the Coppa Italia on Jan. 13. In fact, the Nerazzurri have won just three Serie A matches since the beginning of December.
And the offensive juggernaut that was supposed to be, has seemingly disappeared as Inter have managed just seven goals in their last nine Serie A games.
Now, Inter travels to Parma to take on a squad fresh off one of the biggest comebacks of the season. Down 3-1, Parma did the unthinkable and rattled off two goals to draw with Serie A leader Juventus.
Inter Milan team news
What more can you say about the Nerazzurri’s recent run of play? Not much. It’s been pretty tough to watch the poor passing and ineffective attack at goal over the last two months.
That said, I can certainly see Luciano Spalletti shaking things up a bit. Perhaps reverting back to a 4-3-3 formation that includes Roberto Gagliardini in for Matias Vecino and Radja Nainggolan finally getting back into the starting lineup after not featuring for some time now.
Additionally, that would put Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva up front in attack. Matteo Politano is out thanks to a suspension.
Back on defense, I think Cedric could make a start here along with Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar and likely Dalbert.
At this point, anything would be better than what we have been doing. Heck, I’d walk my old self out there if I thought it would help.
Projected lineup: Handanovic; Cedric, de Vrij, Skriniar, Dalbert; Gagliardini, Brozovic, Nainggolan; Candreva, Icardi, Perisic
Parma team news
Inconsistent might be the best word to summarize Parma at this point of the season.
They are currently 12th in the league – winning eight of their 22 matches while losing nine and drawing the remaining five. They also have a goal differential of minus-6.
In their last matchup, Parma came away with an improbable 1-0 win at the San Siro, however, in the match history between the two teams, Parma has never won both matches against Inter in a single season.
The only player missing for Roberto D’Aversa’s side is midfielder Alberto Grassi who suffered a cruciate ligament rupture.
The issue with Parma is, again, their consistency. When they have a clear game plan and stick to it, they can battle with the top teams in the league. When they don’t … well, you get it.
Ivorian Gervinho has had the hot foot for Parma. Not only did he pick up a brace against Juventus, but he has eight goals and two assists for the season. If not for injuries that saw him out of four matches, that tally might be a little higher.
A big question will be how much did they expend in their draw with Juventus? Coming from behind against a team like Juve can take a lot out of a team. If it did, Inter could have an opportunity to break their recent skid.
Projected lineup: Sepe; Iacoponi, Alves, Bastoni, Gagliolo; Barilla, Scozzarella, Kucka; Biabiany, Inglese, Gervinho
Time and date: 2:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. local) Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Where: Stadio Ennio Tardini (Parma)
How to watch: In the United States, the match will be streamed on ESPN+. If you are looking to watch in the United Kingdom, the match will be broadcast on Eleven Sports 2 UK. In Italy, the will be shown live on DAZN.
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