Inter Milan has been presented another stern test when they travel to the Mapei Stadium to face high-flying Sassuolo in Serie A on Saturday.
The Hosts alredy has 18 points that kept them in the second place behind AC MIlan that has been enjoying good runs from the end of last season. They remained unbeaten in the league like the Neroverdi after an impressive start to the season..
Sassuolo has picked up 18 points from the first eight games to sit second, three points above Inter. It means that Antonio Conte’s men will level on points with them with a win. They can overtake them if they scored four unreplied goals at least.
For Sassuolo, it is another chance to overtake Milan for at least another 24 hours. They currently trail Milan by two points. A win will make them take the overnight lead in Serie A, but Inter has a lot to prove after another setback against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Inter’s last win in six games across all competitions came in the 4-2 win against Torino last weekend. Despite that, Inter, who is fifth on the log is within touching distance on 15 points, while the two sides are separated by Roma and Juventus on third and fourth respectively.
Sassuolo v Inter Milan: Injury news
Francesco Caputo could be back in the lineup for the home side as he is working hard to recover from a thigh injury. The 33-year-old Italy international has missed Sassuolo’s last three games due to COVID-19 and has only made one appearance this season.
Sassuolo will also be without Lukas Haraslin, Filippo Romagna, and Gregoire Defrel this weekend. Francesco Magnanelli was named on the bench last week and is unlikely to be risked in this game.
Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia reports that his Inter counterpart, Romelu Lukaku could be rested after returning from an injury that kept him out of the matches against Parma and Real Madrid ahead of the international break.
It is believed that it is to avoid overloading the former Manchester United. Alexis Sanchez could get the go ahead against Sassuolo this weekend then.
The Chilean could be paired with Lautaro Martinez in the starting line-up, while Conte has one eye on the important match against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League.
He could also give Achraf Hakimi and Ashley Young rest while fielding Matteo Darmian and Ivan Perisic out wide. Stefano Sensi is still out of action and he doesn’t seem ready to return from the first minute in the middle.
Marcelo Brozovic could get some minutes after recovering from coronavirus this week, but Nicolò Barella, Arturo Vidal, and Roberto Gagliardini are still expected to start.
Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni seem set to continue at the back.
Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Tolian, Ferrari, Chiriches, Rogerio; M.Lopez, Locatelli; Berardi, Djuricic, Boga; Raspadori
Injured: Romagna, Magnanelli, Caputo
Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Gagliardini, Vidal, Young; Barella; Lukaku, Lautaro
Injured: Vecino, Padelli, Kolarov, Pinamonti, Brozovic
Sassuolo v Inter Milan: Head-to-Head
The Serie A games between both clubs at Mapei Stadium have never ended in a draw. Sassuolo has won four and Inter three out of seven meetings.
The overall games between both sides so far are 14. Inter Milan has won a total of seven games against their opponent while Sassuolo has managed five victories against Inter Milan. The Norverdi will want to reduce the deficit this weekend.
In their previous meeting last year. Inter recorded a 4-3 with Martinez and Romelu Lukaku scoring two goals apiece.