Inter play their penultimate Serie A fixture on home soil this term against Fiorentina. The Nerazzurri have been involved in some eventful duels in recent weeks and still have the Europa League trophy to play for. Elsewhere, the Viola are nowhere near where they want to be in the table after mass investment in the squad.
Where and when: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 22 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Inter vs. Fiorentina: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Antonio Candreva and Martin Caceres exchanged efforts before Nicolò Barella won it for the Nerazzurri.
Inter vs. Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
Remarkably, Inter find themselves just six points behind Juventus. The Nerazzurri are unlikely to climb above the champions with just five rounds of action remaining but Antonio Conte will expect his troops to end the campaign strongly.
Inter thrashed relegation threatened SPAL 4-0 in midweek and there were a number of positive performances, particularly from the fringe players. Cristiano Biraghi, Roberto Gagliardini and Alexis Sanchez all got on the scoresheet and the Chilean appears to have finally convinced the former Chelsea boss to sign him permanently.
Parent club Manchester United reportedly want €20m for the attacker and the 31-year-old’s form since the league has resumed play warrants the fee. Sanchez has six assists and two goals from seven games and has benefitted from a regular run in the team.
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The South American is 11/5 to net anytime, while Lautaro Martinez is 13/10 in the same market. The Inter number 10 is Barcelona’s number one target but has shot to the top of Manchester City’s shopping list as the Blues search for a Sergio Aguero replacement. The Nerazzurri are 1/2 to record the win.
It has been another below par campaign for Fiorentina. The natives expected so much when billionaire Rocco Commisso took charge 13 months ago but the Viola lack consistency and the goal threat to challenge for their European objective.
Giovanni Simeone was sold last year but the striker has not been adequately replaced. The son of Diego has struck on 10 occasions for Cagliari, in comparison to Viola leading scorer Federico Chiesa, who has seven to his name.
To his credit, Chiesa has fared well in an unorthodox central role but his talents are best served out wide and running at opposition defenders.
President Commisso is a big admirer of Andrea Belotti and a forward line of Chiesa, the Torino skipper and Franck Ribery would yield the output required to ensure a top-half finish.
One to watch for Inter: Ashley Young has been involved in six goals from 13 appearances since moving to the Nerazzurri and is 11/2 to bag last.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Boyhood Milan fan Patrick Cutrone will relish the opportunity of scoring against the Rossoneri’s bitter rivals and is 6/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Fiorentina have done enough to retain their Serie A status and, ultimately, have little to play for. In contrast, Inter will want to finish as high as possible in the standings and need a positive result to stave off red-hot Atalanta. A 4-0 thumping for the hosts is 20/1.