Luciano Spalletti’s men are without a win in six in all competitions and are in serious danger of throwing their title chances down the drain, meaning anything other than a win away to Fiorentina on Friday night may leave the Nerazzurri up against it as Napoli and Juventus pull away.
Their form does come as a huge surprise, as the Serie A side had maintained an unbeaten record in the league up until their 3-1 defeat to Udinese on 16th December, but for whatever reason Spalletti and co have come unstuck in recent weeks.
The ever-present Slovenian will start in goal.
Portuguese international Joao Cancelo is expected to start at right back once again in Danilo D’Ambrosio’s absence, where he’ll look to penetrate down Fiorentina’s left-hand side with his marauding runs from full-back.
In central defence, Andrea Ranocchia – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull – will partner Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar, who has been in eye catching form this season, with his performances made all the more impressive given the fact he is just 22. Miranda misses out through injury.
Former Newcastle man Davide Santon is set to start at left back ahead of Yuto Nagatomo.
Roberto Gagliardini and Matias Vecino are expected to anchor the midfield and occupy the deep lying midfield spots, where they’ll be tasked with dictating the tempo of the game and stopping the creativity of Fiorentina’s attacking play.
Ahead of them, the scintillating trio of Antonio Candreva, Borja Valero and Manchester United target Ivan Perisic will look to take the game to Serie A’s eighth placed side and supply the Nerazzurri with a creative force
Star man and club captain Mauro Icardi will lead the line alone for the league’s third placed side, and will hope to add to his incredible tally of 17 goals in 19 league games this season.
The 24-year-old is the talisman for Luciano Spalletti and if this Friday’s encounter turns out to be a cagey affair, Inter’s fans will turn to the Argentine in the hope that he can muster something out of nothing and keep his side in the title race with a bit of individual brilliance