Sassuolo VS Inter Milan Prediction
With some memories varying between both poles of the scale, Inter Milan head to the “Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore” in Reggio Emilia for a game against Sassuolo, part from regular Italian Sunday football schedule. Round 17 of the Serie A will kick-off in Saturday and it offers some brilliant games, with an icing on the cake facing both leading sides – Juventus against Roma. However, usually most of the games have been scheduled for Sunday, 18 December 2016 in current occasion, when Sassuolo and Inter Milan are both set for their first meeting in the 2016-17 Serie A season.
Sassuolo vs Inter Milan – Team News and Match Preview
Last time Sassuolo and Inter have met was seven months ago, mid-May, when “The Neroverdi” were hosts once again and their 3-1 success in last round (38) of the 2015-16 Serie A season was actually third in a row over Inter. Two goals of Matteo Politano and one more by Lorenzo Pellegrini in space of 39 minutes were enough for bringing the whole set of points to Sassuolo, which really wrapped up their best ever season in a proper way. Only few months ago Eusebio Di Francesco’s men were sixth in the final Serie A table, which has awarded them with an excellent opportunity (not without help by Juventus, as The Bianconeri defeated AC Milan in the 2016 Coppa Italia final) to participate in the UEFA Europa League for the very first time. Sassuolo began from the qualifying and reached the group stage, where they have been eliminated in company of Athletic Club, Rapid Vienna and Genk, but that was a great experience for “The Neroverdi”.
That elimination may have a positive contribution for Sassuolo, as they find themselves on the unenviable 15th position, having won 17 points out of 16 games. Anyway, Sassuolo can be delighted by lack of serious competition coming from the rear so far, where teams of Crotone, Pescara and Palermo are all deeply stuck into Serie A’s bottom and despite the not so impressive record which Sassuolo currently has, they still hold a decent lead over aforementioned struggling trio.
Inter accumulates confidence under Stefano Pioli’s management and after his eighteen-month commitment started on 8 November 2016, “The Nerazzurri” had some strong efforts like a 4-2 win against Fiorentina and last weekend’s 2-0 vs Genoa. Pioli’s first challenge came after a break for international football and it was a massive game for all “Nerazzurri” – clash against city rivals AC Milan in the 217th “Derby della Madonnina” edition. It has ended with a 2-2 draw and Inter were surely the team which regrets for missed scoring opportunities, as they were more insistent, created more chances and held the ball more, although they were extremely close to lose. “The Rossoneri” were 2-1 ahead until a stoppage time equalizer of Ivan Perisic, who missed some serious scoring opportunities earlier in the game, but he was on the right place to form final 2-2 at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza”.
Meanwhile, in period between Derby of Milan and following positive results vs Fiorentina and Genoa, Inter suffered a frustrating 3-0 defeat in Naples. This remains the only Serie A defeat for Inter in last five rounds, but “The Nerazzurri” have also been eliminated from the UEFA competition, where they finished last in Group K of the 2016-17 Europa League.
Sassuolo vs Inter Milan – Betting Tips and Possible Lineups
In fact, lack of any European commitment in second half of the season for both sides can also carry positives, although they were motivated to reach the knockout phase. It seems that Sassuolo will hardly repeat its exploit from last season, while Inter currently remains on 8 points behind top 3 and eventual position in the UEFA Champions League, so all the Europa League perspectives were more than welcome for both sides. Well, circumstances are pretty different in that moment and domestic engagement is the only hope left for teams of Sassuolo and Inter Milan. Right after the first Serie A round in 2017, both clubs will give a start to their Coppa Italia campaign, which will be second front for each of them.
First of all, prior beginning of major competition in the Italian Cup, Sassuolo needs to improve its Serie A balance, but unfortunately coach Eusebio Di Francesco suffers from a tremendous selection headache. Sassuolo already had couple of names into team’s injury list before travelling to Florence and relevant match against Fiorentina on Monday night, but situation for Eusebio Di Francesco became even worse, not only because they lost. Apart from already having an injured five with names of Timo Letschert, Alfred Duncan, Davide Biondini, Matteo Politano and Domenico Berardi in, now Di Francesco must handle with twice bigger trouble. Marcello Gazzola, Emanuele Terranova, Francesco Magnanelli, Lorenzo Pellegrini are all new names in Sassuolo’s physio room, as well as suspended left-back Federico Peluso, who got its fifth yellow card against Fiorentina. If we add some doubts around experienced defender Paolo Cannavaro, this makes a whole XI of missing players for Sassuolo and Eusebio Di Francesco can barely choose a reliable formation.
“The Nerazzurri” are keen to cut Sassuolo’s winning form against them and all prerequisites are present. After two consecutive 3-1 defeats at the stadium in Reggio Emilia, guests from Milan can boost their fantasy with the first ever match of both clubs, which has ended with a 0-7 win for Inter. That happened on 22 September 2013 and has been followed by two more victories for Inter, including another 7-0 – this time at their home in September 2014.
Leaving overall balance of their H2H history aside (3 wins for Sassuolo against same number in Inter’s favour), we have completely different situation and future is the only meaningful factor right now. Sassuolo’s former coach (in period 2009-2010) Stefano Pioli perfectly realizes that and he’ll strive to use vast list of missing players in “The Neroverdi”.
In the meantime, Pioli may be tempted to start with same formation as against Genoa last Sunday, but he may change some of the performers. Éder and Rodrigo Palacio are two of the attackers who are likely to be dropped from Inter’s starting XI, as they can be replaced by Ivan Perisic and Jonathan Biabiany. If these replacements are correct, this most likely means Candreva will be moved in attack, where he and Perisic will support goal scorer Mauro Icardi from second position, while Jonathan Biabiany can start on right side of Inter’s midfield quartet. Yuto Nagatomo will surely keep its position on the opposite flank, while presence of João Mário and Marcelo Brozovic as a central midfield duo looks out of any question, especially after their brilliant contribution against Genoa – The Croat scored a brace and both assists were delivered by Mário.
Italian full-back Davide Santon and Chilean anchor man Gary Medel are both injured, whose absence depletes problems for guests from Milan.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Predictions
Sassuolo is set for its last home match in 2016 and “The Neroverdi” will surely send out one remarkable year, but closing part of it wasn’t so productive. Everyone in the black and green club from province of Modena will be inspired for another positive result against Inter Milan, but all the injury concerns for Eusebio Di Francesco may be crucial.
Inter takes the role of a favourite for winning this clash and everything else will be a huge disappointment for “The Nerazzurri”. Their attacking potential must cause huge trouble to Sassuolo’s defensive formation, which won’t be able to receive proper support from midfield as well, since all missing players and lack of sync between lines will have their impact towards the anyway shaky defense of Sassuolo.
Nevertheless, we simply cannot trust either of these sides is ready to keep a clean sheet, which is perfectly aware to Eusebio Di Francesco. Thus Sassuolo must believe in its attackers and fact they have scored at least once in almost every game this season.
All arguments for a high-scoring game are available and we recommend two different betting tips for Sunday’s Serie A fixture facing Sassuolo vs Inter Milan – “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals” and “Over 3 Goals“.
Venue: “Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore”, Reggio Emilia.
Referee: Marco Di Bello.
Possible starting lineups of Sassuolo and Inter Milan
US Sassuolo Calcio: Andrea Consigli – Cristian Dell’Orco, Francesco Acerbi, Luca Antei, Pol Lirola – Stefano Sensi, Luca Mazzitelli, Simone Missiroli – Federico Ricci, Antonino Ragusa, Grégoire Defrel. (4-3-3)
FC Internazionale Milan: Samir Handanovic – Danilo D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Jeison Murillo – Jonathan Biabiany, João Mário, Marcelo Brozovic, Yuto Nagatomo – Ivan Perisic, Antonio Candreva, Mauro Icardi. (3-4-3)