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Hellas Verona vs Inter Milan: Match Preview

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Final match before the winter break

Hellas Verona v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Another quick turnaround for Inter Milan sees the Nerazzurri travel to the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona on Wednesday for the final match of the 2020 calendar year. After keeping pace with Milan at the top of the table, as both teams won their matches on Sunday, Inter will again be hoping for a victory of their own coupled with a negative result for Milan against Lazio to take Antonio Conte’s team to the top of the Sere A table before Christmas.

ACF Fiorentina v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Continuing on from an impressive first season back in Serie A, Ivan Juric has his Hellas Verona side sitting comfortably in ninth place in the league. This season, they have drawn with Juventus and league leaders Milan and beaten the likes of Lazio and Atalanta. They have collected some impressive results this season, but have also been involved in draws with Fiorentina and Genoa as well as a recent loss to Sampdoria. On a given day, Verona could be great, but on another, they could be a bit off.

Their squad still contains Inter loanees Eddie Salcedo and Federico Dimarco, who has made the Nerazzurri pay before while on loan at Parma. Dimarco has started this season well, playing nearly every minute for Juric’s side, while Salcedo continues to develop into an interesting attacking player.

FC Internazionale v Spezia Calcio - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Inter via Getty Images

Inter really seem to be hitting their stride in Serie A as of late. Six consecutive wins during a run of eight matches unbeaten have helped the Nerazzurri push to within a point of league leaders Milan, who have been struggling with injuries as of late. For Inter, the injuries in the midfield have seemingly subsided, with Arturo Vidal and Stefano Sensi both ready to compete for a starting spot. Sunday’s 2-1 win against Spezia also helped to assure the fact that Achraf Hakimi is beginning to find form in Italy, something that adds another great dynamic to the Inter attack. Outside of the midfield, Inter look set to continue with much of the team that has beaten Napoli and Spezia in the past week. The first choice defensive paring and front two getting a run of games together has been part of what has helped to propel Inter onto this run of form, which will hopefully result in Inter taking posession of first place in Serie A.

Previous Results

2-1 (H) - 9/11/2019

2-2 (A) - 9/7/2020

Predicted Starting XIs

Probable starting lineups via Gazzetta dello Sport

Prediction: Verona 1-3 Inter

Verona have been known to play well against Italy’s big sides, especially at home. Expect a hard fought match with a bit of fatigue on both sides due to the volume of recent matches. Inter should have enough quality and motivation to eventually see off a hungry Verona side, though. This match may be another heart attack to watch, as it has a possibility of resembling the Cagliari match.

Forza Inter!