Serie A hopefuls Inter are back on home soil for the first time this term and face a tough start against Fiorentina. The Nerazzurri were granted an extra week of preparation time after their European excursions and will be led by Antonio Conte. The fiery tactician was reportedly close to leaving his position but has committed his future to the club.
Where and when: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 26 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Inter vs. Fiorentina: Premier Sports 1 / LiveScore App
Last time: Viola keeper Pietro Terracciano was the man-of-the-match during the goalless draw in July.
Inter v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
The hosts have been active in the off-season with Andrea Pinamonti, Aleksandar Kolarov, Andrea Pinamonti and Arturo Vidal all coming in. Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic have returned from loan spells at Cagliari and Bayern Munich and the Nerazzurri are well stocked in all departments.
After months of speculation, it also appears Lautaro Martinez will no longer be moving to Barcelona and the former Chelsea and Juventus boss will be thrilled with the makeup of his squad.
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Hakimi was a revelation down Borussia Dortmund’s right flank in tandem with Jadon Sancho and is the perfect player for Conte’s tried and tested 3-5-2 formation.
The Moroccan contributed nine efforts and 10 assists and there was much surprise Zinedine Zidane allowed the Madrid born ace to permanently leave the Santiago Bernabéu. Hakimi is 15/4 to register anytime, while fellow wing-back Ashley Young is available at 9/2.
Last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku is 11/4 to open proceedings and will be gunning for another 30-goal year. The Belgian is expected to be partnered by Martinez and the Argentine is 11/10 to bag anytime. In defence, Kolarov should come straight in and the veteran is a danger from set-pieces. The left footer is 15/4 to strike and Inter are 1/2 to clinch all three points.
Travelling party Fiorentina beat Torino 1-0 on Matchday 1. The Viola have quietly put together a talented group with Federico Chiesa and Franck Ribery the star attractions. Chiesa is 11/1 to open the scoring and the French legend is 14/1.
Gaetano Castrovilli is 18/1 in the final scorer market. The silky midfielder has been linked to Roma, the Bianconeri and Napoli over the last 12 months and his battle with compatriots Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella will go a long way to determining the outcome of the contest. The Viola are 5/1 to come away with the spoils and the draw is 10/3.
One to watch for Inter: Pinamonti re-signed from Genoa and will act as Lukaku’s deputy. Roberto Mancini has high hopes for the young Italian and the forward is 10/1 to notch the final effort.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Jack Bonaventura had a number of options before opting for the Viola and was a regular fixture in the Milan line-up after the restart. The Italian is 11/2 to net anytime.
Long shot: Inter drew a quarter of their league games in 2019-20 and will need to improve on this statistic if they are to finally end Juventus’ Scudetto dominance. A 3-0 triumph is 10/1 and would lay down a marker for a race that is likely to go the duration.