After dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Lecce, Inter Milan are looking to return to winning ways in the Serie A when they welcome Cagliari at their Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The Nerazzurri are now four points behind league leaders Juventus in the standings It means that this march is a must-win game for the hosts. Despite failing to find the net in the 1-1 draw with Lecce, summer signing Romelu Lukaku will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Rossoblu, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding 12 goals in total in the last five league fixtures. A man to watch in the away team will be Joao Pedro, who scored a brace in a 2-2 draw with Brescia, but given the importance of the match for Inter, home win should be considered.
Inter Milan have fallen four points behind Serie A leaders – Juventus, having dropped points in four of the previous six (SA) matches (they finished two matches winning and four with Draw),. Any hopes of a revival will have to override their recent home league form, with Inter dropping points in four home games of their last seven (W3, D3, L1).
Inter’s penchant for scoring first remains intact, with the ‘Nerazzurri’ having done so in 16 of 20 SA games, going on to win 12 and lose none. Inter have managed 15 SA first-half clean sheets this season, with 64.71% of their SA goals against (11 of 17) coming during the second half. Inter also remain top of the SA first-half table with a W13, D5, L2 record.
Expected to lose heavily, Cagliari are in freefall, losing four of their last five SA fixtures (D1, L4) and remaining without a win since matchday. Six of Cagliari’s last nine SA matches saw over 3.5 total match goals, which has been the case with 45% of their SA matches overall (nine of 20).
Cagliari’s struggles continue on the road, but they have found a net exactly two times in four of their last six SA away matches, with three finishing 2-2. Furthermore, Cagliari have conceded at least twice in each of their last nine SA games and exactly twice in seven.
Inter are yet to concede a set-piece goal this league season.
Players to watch:
Inter: Romelu Lukaku has been Inter’s last scorer in seven of the last nine SA games where he has scored.
Cagliari: have won four of five SA games to see Giovanni Simeone get on the scoresheet.