Fresh off locking up a Champions League Round of 16 berth in a midweek win over RB Salzburg, Inter returns home to the San Siro for its sole home game of November. The Nerazzurri are set to receive a visit from Eusebio Di Francesco’s Frosinone before another international break arrives to break up the season’s rhythm yet again.
Despite its status as a newly promoted side, Frosinone fully looks the part of a Serie A team with 15 points from 11 rounds, good enough for 11th place and 7 clear of the relegation zone. The Canarini are back in Italy’s top flight for the first time since 2018/19 after four seasons in B, capped off by a title-winning campaign under current Lyon manager Fabio Grosso last season. Losing its manager and a handful of key contributors from 2022/23 would have made Frosinone favorites to head right back down, but that’s been far from what’s played out on the pitch. Frosinone leaned heavily on the loan market to brace its landing in Serie A, but not quite in the usual way with an emphasis on veteran experience. Instead, young talents from the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have found short-term homes in Lazio, and to great effect. Frosinone’s average starting XI age of 24.8 is the lowest in the league, only one player above the age of 30 regularly goes the full 90, and of its19 players with multiple starts, only 7 are over 25 years old. Of course, the drawback is that Frosinone only owns 3 of its 11 first-choice starters, but that will be a bridge to cross next summer if it stays up.
For now, Di Francesco’s side looks like a solid candidate to reach that goal, cooling down a bit after a red-hot start to the season but successfully solidifying a midtable position. That’s in large part thanks to its frontline, which is the 8th-best attack on the peninsula. Juventus-winger Matias Soule (5 goals, 1 assist) has been an immediate breakout star and a delight to watch away from the shackles of the bianconeri, while fellow loanees Reiner (1g, 2a) and Arijon Ibrahimovic (1g, 1a) are quite the handful. While Inter will be busy defensively, it’ll like its chances to breach Frosinone’s backline, which has the 5th-most goals conceded in the league and just two points in five road games this season.
Inter (28pts) and Juventus (26pts) have created some breathing room at the top of the table from the pack (Milan has 22 points in 3rd), but certainly not each other. With a Derby d’Italia welcoming the league back from the international break on November 26th, Inter needs to go into the recess on a high note and keep its momentum alive with three points over Frosinone.
Inter has won all four of its meetings with Frosinone, the most recent of which were 3-0 and 3-1 victories in the 2018/19 campaign.
Predicted Starting XIs
Prediction: Inter Milan 3-2 Frosinone
Frosinone’s young attack will make some noise, but ultimately Inter will prevail and take advantage of the visitors’ leaky backline with goals from Marcus Thuram (x2) and Lautaro Martinez.