Struggling Inter seek their first Serie A success in nine rounds when they host mid-table Bologna on Sunday afternoon.
The Nerazzurri may currently sit fourth in the standings but on current form, will be the side to miss out on Champions League football next term unless they can string some performances – and victories together soon.
Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – 11 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Bologna: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Simone Verdi opened the scoring before Mauro Icardi came to Inter’s rescue with a penalty, ensuring a share of the spoils for both clubs.
Inter v Bologna Predictions and Preview
Morale is low in Luciano Spalletti’s camp after a fifth consecutive draw. The Nerazzurri have only registered four goals in the same period and are a pale imitation of the team who set the league alight at the beginning of the campaign.
To compound Spalletti’s misery further, Inter were missing talismanic striker Icardi in the stalemate with lowly Crotone through injury, and if the Argentine was to sit out for an extended period of time, any hopes of a European spot would quickly disappear. Icardi accounts for nearly half of Inter’s goal haul and Spalletti must do something in the summer about this obvious overreliance.
Still, the hosts are strong favourites at 2/5 to end their barren run and finally get back to winning ways. Reserve attacker Eder, who netted against the Calabrian club, should keep his place if Icardi returns to fitness, shuffling out wide in Antonio Candreva’s spot. The Italo-Brazilian is 12/1 to record back-to-back efforts and bag the match’s final goal.
Visitors Bologna are nicely placed in the standings and a mere four or five wins from guaranteeing their place in Italy’s top flight for next season. After the uncertainty surrounding the future of Verdi it’s business as usual for Roberto Donadoni, and the former Azzurri boss will be delighted to still have the 25-year-old at his disposal.
Verdi bravely turned down overtures from leaders Napoli, and potentially a title winners medal and has been rewarded with the captain’s armband at the request of his team-mates. The creativity will fall at the feet of the newly appointed skipper and the Rossoblu’s 7/1 price to come away with the spoils could be a shrewd bet.
One to watch for Inter: January loan signing Rafinha to get off the mark. The versatile midfielder offers something different to his colleagues in the centre of the park and is 8/1 to strike any time during the 90.
One to watch for Bologna: Star man Verdi has had an eventful campaign and is certainly capable of inflicting further misery on the Milan giants. The forward is 13/1 to open the scoring.
Long shot: Donadoni’s men have given a good account of themselves against each of the top five this year and only narrowly lost to capital sides Roma and Lazio. Similarly, the Rossoblu took a first minute lead against pacesetters Napoli and it could be the perfect time to go one better and claim a scalp against a beleaguered Inter squad. A 3-2 win is priced at 45/1.