Internationale Milano v Sassuolo
Serie A - Saturday, May 12th, 7.45 pm BST
Internazionale faces Sassuolo which they must win if they are to have any chance of claiming one of Serie A’s four Champions League places.
Currently in fifth place, the Milanese side travel to fourth-placed Lazio for the final game of the season next weekend. Six points from six will see them finish fourth and consign the Romans to the Europa League.
Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio hail from the province of Modena, better known for its links to the motor industry with the likes of Ferrari and Maserati based in the region. Twelfth in the table, they will be happy with the obscurity it brings; safe from relegation and with the opportunity to build next season.
Genoa in 11th and Bologna in 13th both have winnable games so Sassuolo needs to take something from this to be in with a chance of closing the gap on the top half of the table.
A season which promised much is in danger of dissolving into nothing much. Top of the table in December, Inter stand on the cusp of missing out on the Champions League despite a recent unbeaten run of four games (W3, D1).
A damaging winless streak of eight games (D6, L2) which began with a goalless draw at soon-to-be-crowned champions Juventus and ended with a 2 – 1 win over Bologna in early February, sees them outside the top four at present.
Some of the poise was briefly recovered with a run of two defeats in ten (W5, D3) but that ended at home to Juventus. Last weekend’s 4 – 0 win at Udinese got the train back on track and continued the run of four games which saw over 2.5 goals (three over 3.5 goals).
On the road, Internazionale are unbeaten in three (W2, D1) and suffered one defeat in six (W3, D2).
Diego Falcinelli’s 34th-minute goal separated the two sides in the Mapei Stadium when the two sides met in December to give Sassuolo another victory over the Nerazzurri. Of the last six meetings, the team from Modena has won five; the only exception was Inter’s visit to the Mapei where they won 1 – 0.
It’s a phenomenal record with a hat-trick of wins in the San Siro on the cards. The run shows how far Sassuolo has come; in their first two seasons in Serie A, they suffered two 7 – 0 defeats at the hands of Inter. That said, Juventus put seven past them in February…
Sassuolo come into the game in good form; one defeat in ten (W4, D5) and three wins out of four (L1). In April, they drew 1 – 1 with AC Milan so the San Siro holds no fears for them. They also took a point at Roma; Inter cannot take this game for granted.
Away from home, it’s one defeat in five (W2, D2) and the Neroverdi have scored at least once in each of the last six.
While Sassuolo has a good record, Inter’s need for points should motivate them more highly than usual. With so much at stake, they can’t afford to lose their nerve now.
Team to Win to Nill Betting Tip, Internationale Milano @ odds of 2.10
Half Time / Full Time Betting Tip, Internationale Milano @ odds of 1.57
Asian Handicap Betting Tip, -2.5 Internationale Milano @ odds of 2.32
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