Inter’s five games into the 2020/21 season, and there’s no denying it hasn’t started out the way we’d like. Draws against Borussia Monchengladbach and Lazio and derby defeat to Milan have sent the Nerazzurri into a three-game winless run and down to 6th in the table. But what better way to regain confidence than with a big win? Inter’s trip to Genoa Saturday may provide just the opportunity.
Genoa seem to be perennial relegation contenders, having finished 17th for two seasons running. Owner Enrico Preziosi desperately tried to find a buyer for the club over the summer, but was out of luck. In an effort to protect his assets for a possible future sale, Preziosi made a fair amount of signings in an attempt to ensure safety. There’s no guarantees that his investments will pay off just yet, though, thanks to a remarkable past month.
Genoa’s season resembles an out of control roller-coaster, on and off the field. It opened the campaign in remarkable fashion, notching a 4-1 win over Crotone before falling 6-0 to Napoli. Things then took a turn for the worse as the club recorded seventeen COVID-19 cases throughout the squad soon after the Napoli match. The Grifone then went twenty days without training before immediately being thrown back into match play with a 0-0 draw against Verona Monday. So, uh, there’s been a lot for Genoa to deal with. Now, though, with most players returned from the virus, Rolando Maran’s side will be on the hunt for some consistency and to get back into form.
Defending once again was Inter’s Achilles Heel in its 2-2 draw with Monchengladbach, the third straight home match where Conte’s side have conceded multiple. 37-year-old Goran Pandev, the spearhead of Genoa’s offense and last year’s leading scorer, won’t provide as much of a test as the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Thuram so a shutout may finally be on the cards. That’s assuming they’re no bone-headed errors from the back three, but no one can be too sure of that.
Last Season’s Results
- 4-0, H, 12/12/19
- 3-0, A, 25/7/20
Predicted Starting XIs
Prediction: Genoa 1-2 Inter Milan
Inter should win with relative ease (famous last words), but keeping Genoa off the scoresheet may be too much to ask. A brace from Lautaro Martinez will give Inter a vital three points.