Inter Milan vs. Genoa Tips, Preview and Predictions

Inter and Genoa club crests

Inter begin the defence of their Serie A crown on Saturday when they host Genoa at San Siro. The Nerazzurri have had a turbulent summer that saw them replace Antonio Conte with Simone Inzaghi, while they also lost Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi.

Where and when: San Siro – 21 August, kick-off 17:30

Where you can see Inter Milan vs. Genoa: BT Sport

Last time: Romelu Lukaku’s opener paved the way for a 3-0 Inter victory in the last meeting between those teams back in February. Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Darmian scored the other two goals.

Inter Milan v Genoa Predictions and Preview

After ending Juventus’s domestic dominance last term, Inter Milan are now facing the uphill task to defend their Serie A crown and their journey starts on Saturday when they welcome Genoa to San Siro.

It’s been a crazy summer for the Nerazzurri, as the club’s Chinese owners are having some serious financial issues. The situation first pushed Antonio Conte out of the club and later forced the sales of key figures like Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, who left for Chelsea and PSG respectively for a combined fee of nearly £150m.

Understandably, both fans and media criticised the owners heavily, while the club’s directors have been trying to fill the voids. Simone Inzaghi was brought in from Lazio in an attempt to maintain Conte’s playing style, as Inzaghi also favours 3-5-2.

Denzel Dumfries arrived from PSV for £10.5m in an attempt to replace Hakimi, while Edin Dzeko arrived from Roma as a replacement for Lukaku. Hakan Calhanoglu also joined on a free transfer from AC Milan and while those signings can barely be considered bad business, the tifosi are still unconvinced by the club’s dealings.

It will be interesting to see if Inzaghi will be able to keep the same mentality that allowed Inter to win the Scudetto last term. The Nerazzurri could’ve hardly wished for a better opponent for their Serie A opener, as they have won six consecutive games against Genoa without conceding a goal, amassing an incredible 21-0 aggregate score.

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The Grifoni, meanwhile, stuck with Davide Balardini, who has incredibly been fired three times from the club in the past. However, Ballardini managed to keep Genoa out of the relegation battle last term, finishing in a respectable 11th place.

However, president Enrico Preciozi is well known for his temper, so Ballardini knows that a poor start of the season might once again cost him his job.

The Grifoni lost key figures like Eldor Shomurodov, who joined Roma, and Mattia Perin, who returned to Juventus after his loan ended. No major signings have been made, so the goal will once again be to avoid relegation.

Genoa’s season already started, as the Grifoni eliminated Perugia 3-2 in the first round of the Coppa Italia. However, they suffered a significant scare, as they found themselves trailing by two goals after just 10 minutes.

Considering all this, Inter are heavy 7/20 favorites with William Hill to start off their campaign with a victory. The draw is priced at 4/1, while an unlikely victory for the visitors can be backed at 17/2.

One to watch for Inter: Edin Dzeko managed only seven Serie A goals last term. The towering Bosnian will have the uphill task to replace Lukaku and will be eager to start strongly on his official debut. Dzeko has six goals in nine appearances against Genoa, so keep an eye on him in the first scorer market.

One to watch for Genoa: Despite being 38 years old, Goran Pandev will once again be a key figure for Genoa this season. The North Macedonian talisman scored seven times in Serie A last term and his eye for goal always makes him one to watch in the first scorer odds.

Long shot: Two of the last three games between Genoa and Inter ended with a 3-0 victory for the Nerazzurri. A repeat of that scenario can be backed at 7/1, while if you are looking for even bigger odds you can pair this with Dzeko to score the opener.

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