This is the battle of two teams with similar of colour of their main jersey. Antonio Conte and Gian Piero Gasperini will strive to prove which team deserves the true spirit of black-and-blue. As the leader of the table, Nerazurri has the advantage and necessity to keep on winning to seal their throne, while for Atalanta, a victory will bump them up to the top four of the table. No wonder that this game is as decisive as any other ones, especially for La Beniamata, which has to put a lot of effort to keep Juventus away from their current position on the standings.
Inter Milan news:
Last weekend, Nerrazurri sealed another win after crushing the host Napoli 3-1. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez were the star of the game as they both scored the winning goals. This deadly dynamic duo seem to be quite unstoppable.
Their counterpart, Alejandro Gomez and Co had two consecutive big wins in the previous matches. They hammered AC Milan and Parma by the same score 5-0. Last weekend, while hosting Parma, their five winning goals were scored by Alejandro Gomez, Robin Gossens, Remo Freuler plus Josep Illicic’s another brace.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Inter Milan under the former Juventus and Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, has transformed into a team which counts on a dynamic duo at the front in 3-5-2 formation. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are both currently on fire. Yet, they will not be able to play Danilo D’Ambrosio because of his injury and Milan Skriniar plus Nicolo Barella due to being suspended.
Inter: Samir Handanovic; Stefan De Vrij, Diego Godin, Alessandro Bastoni; Stefano Sensi, Marcelo Brozovic, Borja Valero, Antonio Cadreva, Cristano Biraghi ; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.
Gian Piero Gasperini is mainly in favour of three-defender system such as 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-2-1. He relies on the Colombian Luis Muriel as the main scorer. This former Fiorentina frontman has netted nine goals. Muriel mostly is given a lone striker supported by Papu Gomez. The good news is no one will be ruled out for this fixture.
Atalanta: Pierluigi Gollini; Jose Palomino, Rodrigo Toloi,, Berat Djimisti; Robin Gosens, Remo Freuler, Marten De Roon, Timothy Castgane; Alejandro Gomez; Ruslan Malinovsky, Luis Muriel.
The head-to-head record between these two black-and-blue teams is surprisingly tight. They both share the same wins, draws and losses in the last six meetings. It could be a sign of how tough this game could be.
Atalanta is one of the tricky contenders for Inter. Their positive campaign in Serie A and Champions League, plus Gian Piero Gasperini’s disappointment while he was Inter’s manager in 2011 for only five matches before he was sacked, could add up their motivation to at least hold the host in a draw. However, if the dynamic duo is in form, Conte’s men should secure a narrow win here.
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