Bologna travel to Milan on Sunday to face Inter Milan at San Siro for Round 24 of Serie A. The match is scheduled for 02:00 pm GMT on 11 February.
Inter Milan started the season with a series of victories and looked formidable on the top of the league table, but like previous seasons, they have met downfall in the second half of the season and are now winless in last ten games across all competitions (D7 L3). The Nerazzurri are fourth in the league standings with 45 points from 23 games.
It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies for Bologna either. With just 27 points from 23 league fixtures, they are twelfth in the league standings.
The Nerazzurri couldn’t put an end to their search for a win, as they were held to a 1-1 draw in their last game. Eder opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a header to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Andrea Barberis leveled the game early in the second period with a simple finish past Handanovic into the bottom corner. Despite some excellent effort, Spaletti’s men couldn’t find a winner and the teams ended up sharing a point.
Bologna faced a defeat in the hands of Fiorentina in their last league fixture. Antonio Mirante’s 41st-minute own goal gave the Viola a 1-0 lead, but it took just three minutes for the Rossoblu to level the game.
Erick Pulgar shocked the football fans from all over the world with a direct goal from the corner. Federico Chiesa earned the three points for Fiorentina with a brilliant goal in the 71st minute, as the traveling fans celebrated with jubilation.
Inter Milan’s 1-1 draw with Crotone last week was their fourth consecutive 1-1 draw. Spaletti’s men haven’t won a game in their last eight games and given they have never gone nine games win-less in Serie A before; they will look to avoid making history for all the wrong reasons.
Donadoni’s men have lost three of their last four league games (W1). On top of that, they’ve conceded at least two goals in each of their previous five games on the road (12 goals).
The reverse fixture of this league tie ended with the teams sharing a point. Mauro Icardi canceled Simone Verdi’s 32nd-minute strike with a goal from the spot in the 77th minute, as the match ended in a draw.
Inter are unbeaten in their last seven games against the Bologna-based side (W3 D4). However, they’ve won only one of their last five home Serie A games against Bologna (D2 L2).
Luciano Spaletti could give the January signing Rafinha his first start in a Nerazzurri shirt on Sunday. Mauro Icardi has recovered from the thigh injury and will most likely start this game. There is no major injury concern for Inter heading to this match.
Roberto Donadoni’s men have no any new injury concerns ahead of the Sunday Clash. Simone Verdi is still sidelined with the muscular injury and the substitute keeper Angelo da Costa is also out with a back injury.
Inter Milan vs Bologna Key Stats
Inter Milan vs Bologna Lineup (Predicted XI)
Inter Milan Lineup (4-2-3-1)
D’Ambrosio (RB), Skriniar (CB), Miranda (CB), Cancelo (LB)
Brozovic(CM), Vecino (CM)
Candreva (RWF), Valero (CAM), Perisic (LWF)
Bologna Lineup (4-3-3)
Mbaye (RB), Maio(CB), Helander (CB), Masina (LB)
Donsah (RCM), Pulgar (CM), Poli (LCM)
Inter Milan vs Bologna Prediction
Mauro Icardi’s return will be a huge boost for the Nerazzurri ahead of the Sunday clash. Spaletti’s men have been struggling to find goals and the Argentine, having already scored 18 goals this campaign, can be of great help in the attack.
Bologna have to play much better at San Siro if they plan on escaping with any points, especially given the urgency that the Nerazzurri will be playing with.
The Sunday clash will be an entertaining one between two struggling sides eager to bounce back.
Our Prediction: 2-1 to Inter.