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By - Published at 2020-09-18

Inter Milan vs Bologna: Conte Seeking for Consolation

Inter Milan’s hope to end Juventus’ domination is likely to be over. With eight point difference and eight games left, it should still be possible if Juventus lose all the games remaining. However, such is rather unlikely considering their consistency. All Conte’s men can do now is to close the gap and secure the Champions League spot as a consolation. This weekend, they will be hosting Bologna, which is currently sitting on the eleventh of the table and battling for a slight opportunity to Europa League qualification spot.  

Inter Milan news

Nerrazurri had entertained their fans in the previous week after hammering Brescia 6-0. Ashley Young took the lead with his drive to the far post taking advantage of another Manchester United loanee, Alexis Sanchez. Next, the Chilean star himself scored by his penalty followed by Danilo D’Ambrosio’S header. At the second half, they bagged three more goals by Roberto Gagliardini, Christian Eriksen and Antonio Cadreva. 

Bologna news

Their counterpart, Rossoblu, was held in a 1-1 draw by their nearby contender, Cagliari. Their speedy winger Musa Barrow opened the score sheet at the first half. Unfortunately, Giovanni Simeone equalised at the second half. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men had some more decent chances to give them the lead but they missed out all of them. 

Missing players and probable lineups 

The former Juventus and Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, has always been in favour of 3-5-2 formation Yet, the arrival of Christian Eriksen leads to a possibility for a space of creativity and the transition to 3-4-1-2. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are still the main forward supported by wingback Ashley Young and Victor Moses. Yet, Mathias Vecino, Stefano Sensi and Martin Skriniar are sitting out for this fixture due to the injury and suspension.

Inter: Samir Handanovic; Stefan De Vrij, Diego Godin, Alessandro Bastoni; Victor Moses, Marcelo Brozovic, Nico Barella, Ashley Young ; Christian Eriksen ; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku. 

The former Fiorentina and AC Milan boss, Sinisa Mihajlovic, tends to deploy 4-3-3 formation in almost every game. The former Inter man, Rodrigo Palacio might still be the main striker despite his age accompanied by Musa Barrow and Riccardo Orsolini. Unfortunately, there are at least four names will be sidelined. They are Andrea Poli, Ibrahima Mbaye, Andreas Skov Larsen and Federico Santander.

Bologna: Lukas Skorupski; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Danilo, Mattia Bani, Mitchell Dijks; Jerdy Schouten, Blerim Dzemaili, Gary Mendel; Rodrigo Palacio, Musa Barrow, Riccardo Orsolini.

Match Facts

The head-to-head encounters record absolutely shows Inter as the superior side. La Beniamata has won four times and had one draw in the last six meetings, while Bologna only managed to win once.

Prediction

All the advantage is on the home side, so it should be an easy game for Romelu Lukaku and Co. They could be sealing a win with a big score as well, especially if Rossoblu’s forwards do not improve their finishing touch at the penalty box. A definite win for Conte’s men is more than possible.

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