Secure at the San Siro
Serie A is set to return from the winter break and on Saturday at 7:30PM Inter will take on Sassuolo at the San Siro. Inter are incredibly competent at home, and are pretty much impossible to score against. Sassuolo are generating points at the rate you would expect a mid-table team to do, but I wonder do they really have the capacity to challenge Inter at the San Siro? I doubt it. With all due respect to Sassuolo, I don't see them picking up any points against Inter this Saturday.
Like most other teams, Inter are much better at home than they are away. They began the season with a loss and a draw at the San Siro, but after that it's been seven wins on the trot. Spalletti may not be setting the world alight with this Inter team, but beating teams with less quality is definitely something he can with aplomb. Inter have a fantastic goal difference this season at home with 1.89 goals scored and 0.44 conceded on average per game. They have a more than competent offensive line consisting of Icardi, Perisic and Balde but it is their defensive line that is their real strength. The central-back pairing of De Vrij and Skriniar is working extremely well and I think that their super-goalkeeper Handanovic is still underrated.
Inter have a fantastic goal difference this season at home with 1.89 goals scored and 0.44 conceded on average per game.
They can also find reassurance ahead of the weekend's game in the fact that their expected goals are completely in line with their actual stats. They have also not conceded in six of their last seven games at home, and only once has the result ended in more than 3.5 goals. There are some doubts surrounding Vrsaljko's fitness but otherwise they have a fully fit first XI.
- League Position: 3
The Neroverdi are an entertaining team with an interesting manager, De Zerbi. But it has to be said that the first half of the autumn was much better for them than the latter stages. Away from home they have an average goal difference of 1.22 scored and 1.22 conceded, which are not bad stats for a team like Sussuolo. According to their expected goals though they have let in more goals than they should have.
Players like Babacar, Boateng and Berardi began the season well but now seem to have hit a bad run of form.
Recently they have some seen worrying trends appear. They have won three away games this season, but they have all been against the league's weaker teams in SPAL, Chievo and Frosinone. In their other matches they have either not scored or only scored one. Players like Babacar, Boateng and Berardi began the season well but now seem to have hit a bad run of form. They have only won one of their last eight matches. Their one win came against Frosinone who are bottom of the league. They have though managed to keep the figures down away from home. The last five matches against Inter have ended with under 3.5 goals. There are a few injuries including Odgaard, but otherwise the manager De Zerbi will be able to field most of his first choice XI.
- League Position: 11
Inter are the clear favourites to come away from this match with three points. They are currently experiencing a great run of form at home. It is almost impossible to beat them at the San Siro. Sassuolo are not going to try anything crazy here, rather they will try and keep Icardi & co at bay and then try and hit them on the counter. I think Inter will play with patience, and unless something extraordinary occurs they will pick up three points on Saturday.I will bet on an Inter win and under 3.5 goals at odd of 6/5.