Sports Mole on Sunday watched the Serie A clash between Roma and Inter Milan, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Rival Scudetto Rome en Inter Milan collision at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, with only three points and two places separating them in the table.
Interestingly, both sides have played Crotone and Sampdoria since the winter break – with Roma taking maximum points and Inter collecting just three after a shock defeat in Genoa.
Example of match
Inter and Roma have already signed their last five Serie A meetings together – a sign of how well agreed the two clubs have been in recent seasons – but both will be keen to win this time as they follow league leaders AC Milan.
Antonio ConteThe side was sorry to lose to Sampdoria in the midweek, as well Alexis Sanchez – stand for Romelu Lukaku – saw an early penalty saved for Nerazzurri old boys Antonio Candreva en Keita balde netted for Samp.
Stefan de VrijThe header of the second half failed to elicit a comeback, with Inter ending a run of eight straight wins in frustrating ways.
That ‘comfort’ goal came within minutes of Lukaku’s arrival from the bench – despite the Belgian striker having a thigh problem – and defeat after just seven of her 24 shots hit the target only to demonstrate Inter’s confidence. on her star striker.
Although he went with a recent hat trick to nine goals for the campaign, Lautaro Martinez has often been wasteful and sometimes wrestles when combined with Sanchez.
However, all is far from lost for the Nerazzurri, as city rivals at the table have also lost Milan to leave them just one point behind in an ever-closer Scudetto match.
Only Juventus can match Inter’s squad, as the season continues through a packed midwinter schedule, with players like Achraf Hakimi – two goals and one assist in the last four games – and midfield regulator Marcelo Brozovic (three assists out of three) are starting to shine now.
They have only lost once in two consecutive league games under Conte, against Lazio and Juventus early last year. The former Chelsea coach will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening again in Rome.
Paulo FonsecaThe Roma side on Wednesday emulated Inter’s recent routine win over wrestling Crotone – whose defense is statistically one of the worst in Europe.
Her flying visit to sunny Calabria saw her leave Stadio Ezio Scida with all three points to stay just ahead of Juventus, Atalanta and Napoli.
Spanish striker Borja Mayoral – so impressive in the Europa League and in deputies for Edin Dzeko as the Bosnian star suffered from COVID-19 – scored in a rare start to the league.
Fonseca later commented that Roma probably would not change their well-defined system to let the pair play together against Inter, but did not rule out the possibility in the future.
Certainly the capital club has no shortage of goals in any case, as Roma scored three or more goals from the first half for a third Serie A match this term against Crotone.
Not only that, but unlike hitting some bumps while on the road, the Giallorossi are at home in their last 12 league games – winning nine – which is their longest such streak since 2017, when they went 24 without defeat.
With the Derby della Capitale to follow next Friday, this could prove an important week for Fonseca’s indictment as they try to establish themselves as real dark horses in the title race.
Roma Serie A form: WWDWWW
Inter Milan Serie A Form: WWWWWL
Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee recently and was able to miss a substantial period, while Matias buorman and young striker Andrea Pinamonti are both still out due to injury for Conte’s team.
In the much-fought midfield trio star Azzurri Stefano Sensi en Roberto Gagliardini may need to play second fiddle Arturo vidal, Brozovic en Nicolo Barella,
Lukaku is set to return to the attack after Sanchez could not impress against Sampdoria, so the former Manchester United man will partner Martinez ahead in Conte’s trusted 3-5-2.
Dzeko and specialist for spot-kick Jordan Veretout, who have scored both goals so far, will return to Roma’s first XI on Sunday, with Mayoral and one of both Bryan cristante of Gonzalo villar drop out.
Fonseca remains in the hopes of a possible recovery for Leonardo Spinazzola on the left wing, but Bruno Peres could remain deputy if necessary.
in addition to Pedro – whose absence must be covered by Lorenzo Pellegrini – defender Federico Fazio, goalkeeper Antonio Mirante plus longer-term absences Javier Pastore en Nicolo Zaniolo are still not available, though wing defender Davide Santon is back after training and was able to make the bench.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Lopez; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Hakimi, Barella, Vidal, Brozovic, Jong; Lukaku, Martinez
We say: Roma 2-2 Inter Milan
This box office lunch showdown has all made for a classic encounter, with many already at stake before Serie A even reached its full point.
Roma’s brilliant attacking patterns could disrupt an Inter-defense that has improved but has given up twice in both last two games – but Lukaku’s return to the starting line-up could inspire the honeymooners to fight fire with fire at the Olimpico .
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