Inter will be looking to put their recent Serie A woes behind them when they entertain struggling Torino at San Siro on Monday night.
The hosts have seen their title challenge fall apart in recent weeks, with slip-ups against Sassuolo, Bologna and Verona costing I Nerazzurri dearly in their bid to dethrone bitter rivals Juventus. Antonio Conte’s side are now fourth, with Atalanta’s recent good form lifting them above Inter in the table.
Torino, meanwhile, aren’t mathematically safe, but should have enough points in the bag to retain their Serie A status for another season, after a 3-1 win over Brescia took them seven points clear of Genoa. They do, however, have a shocking record against the best teams in the league, which will be of obvious concern to manage Moreno Longo.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the clash.
When is Kick Off? Monday 14 July
What Time is Kick Off? 20:45pm (BST)
Where is it Played? San Siro
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports
Inter have no fresh injury concerns, but are unlikely to be without Nicolo Barella once more – he’s struggling to overcome a thigh injury. Alessandro Bastoni is back from suspension and is likely to be restored to the starting lineup.
Torino also have a relatively clean bill of health, with only Daniele Baselli sidelined – he’s out for the est of the season with a knee injury.
Inter: Handanovič; Bastoni, De Vrij, Škriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Valero, Brozović, Young; Martinez, Lukaku.
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, N’Koulou, Bremer; De Silvestri, Rincón, Lukić, Ansaldi; Berenguer, Verdi, Belotti.
Inter’s inconsistent form has seen them drop out of the drop three, placing pressure back on the shoulders of Antonio Conte. Three wins since Serie A restarted isn’t disastrous, but isn’t title winning material that’s for sure.
Torino’s form is synonymous with their position in the league; losing to the teams above them while picking up wins against those also struggling. Conceding goals against the top sides has been a real concern, evidenced by some real thumpings this season.
Here’s how both have got in their last five games.
Verona 2-2 Inter (09/07)
Inter 1-2 Bologna (05/07)
Inter 6-0 Brescia (01/07)
Parma 1-2 Inter (28/06)
Inter 3-3 Sassuolo (24/06)
Torino 3-1 Brescia (08/07)
Juventus 4-1 Torino (04/07)
Torino 1-2 Lazio (30/06)
Cagliari 4-2 Torino (27/06)
Torino 1-0 Udinese (23/06)
Despite Inter’s rocky form, they are still one of the top sides in the division and when Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku click, they are one of the most frightening strike partnerships in Europe.
Antonio Conte won’t accept results like the one against Verona on Thursday and he will be pleased with Bastoni’s return from suspension.
Torino will be feeling good after coming back from a goal down to beat Brescia, and they might fancy their chances of nicking a point. However, this season has shown they struggle to perform when it really matters, and this should be a comfortable home win.
Prediction: Inter 2-0 Torino