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Internazionale vs Empoli - live match thread

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Somehow it all comes down to this. Win at home to a relegation threatened club and Inter Milan qualifies for the Champions League. Lose or draw and... well it’s complicated, but more than likely we miss out.

Things to watch out for:

  • Withering dissents from Drewseph delivered via Clint Eastwood quotes.
  • Will InterPools "serial winger" Balde Keita feature in what is likely his last game for Inter?
  • Will Icardi start and bag a "perfect quad trick" (4 goals via head, left foot, right foot, random other body part) to delight Nick Inter and convince management to keep him next season?
  • Will Inter Per Sempre be vindicated in his scathing assessment of Suning as 20 shots off target for Inter cause Steven Zhang to tear off his suit and go streaking onto the pitch in disgust in the 90th minute, right at the same time as D’Ambrosio launches a clinical shot from the half way line to score. The referee consults VAR and rules Steven off-side.
  • Will Spalletti refuse to make a sub until the 85th minute despite Inter posing no attacking threat, thereby warming even miamicharlie to the prospect of Conte sweeping The Obstinate One off of our coaching Iron Throne?

Prediction

Just to confuse us all Inter rampage through the first half going 2-0 up in the first 30 minutes. Then they somehow conspire to NOT channel Pazza Inter and actually hold on comfortably for a 2-0 win. Can we just pretend this is likely?

Summary

As some actor once said: "Deserve’s got nothing to do with it". We win and we control our own fate. We lose and we don’t and will likely spend a year in Europa League purgatory.

At the end of the day, whatever the outcome (to paraphrase another source): "we’ll deserve it".

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Preview

Source: football-Italia.net

League Form Guide: Inter (L W D D D) Empoli (W W W L L)

Last Season: Not Played

Stat Fact: Empoli have only beaten Inter once in Serie A, 1-0 in April 2006, followed by one draw and 10 defeats, including six losses on the trot.

Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals. The last 10 Inter season finales have seen an average of 4.9 goals per game, with them both scoring and conceding in the most recent eight.

Inter (probable): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Lautaro Martinez

Suspended: None

Empoli (probable): Dragowski; Veseli, Silvestre, Dell'Orco; Di Lorenzo, Traore, Bennacer, Acquah, Pajac; Caputo, Farias

Suspended: None

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