Inter will hope to keep up with their winning ways in a mid-week match up against Hellas Verona.
Inter have been undefeated in the previous four Serie A match-ups against Verona, dating back to 2013. During that time, Verona have only managed to score four goals against Inter, while the black and blue have hit sixteen past Verona’s back-line.
The nerazzurri have not yet lost in Serie A and are having one of the best starts in recent years to their league campaign. Finally sitting atop of the League table, it is the first time Inter have reached the top spot since 2010.
Securing Inter’s fifth straight win would be an incredible achievement for Mancini’s men, especially considering the fact that Hellas are off to a much less impressive start than their city counterpart, Chevio. Inter will host the game at home and running on a high streak of confidence, they will come out aggressively against a weak Verona side.
Mancini has also discussed a change of his line-up, as this week fans have been expecting to see Brozovic get the start and watch Adem Ljajic finally get some playing time. He also has options in the back line, where he could start Ranocchia over Medel.
Who to watch – Miranda
While the defender isn’t always the most talked about player on the field for Inter, he has been decisive in each of his matches played so far. Icardi and Jovetic are incredibly reliable for the nerazzurri upfront, but Miranda has been a difference maker for the back line. He is aggressive and dynamic, along with his dominance in aerial battles. Stats on whoscored.com show that Miranda has won an average of 5.5 aerials per game and is ranked the highest in the Inter lineup with a rating of 7.81.
Probable line up: Handanovic; Santon, Miranda, Medel, Telles; Guarin, Melo, Brozovic, Ljajic; Icardi, Perisic
Hellas Verona have struggled to find a win in Serie A this season. Only gaining three points from the first four league matches, the club sit fifteenth in the table going into mid-week competition, sitting just above the relegation zone.
Verona will likely struggle up front without their star striker, Luca Toni, who shared the capocannoniere title with Inter’s Mauro Icardi last season.
Who to watch – Giampaolo Pazzini.
With Toni out of the line up, Pazzini will look to be the man up front against his former team. While the former AC Milan player hasn’t yet netted for his new club, he will have to deliver if Verona have any chance of getting past Inter at home. Playing at the San Siro with both clubs in the past, the stadium is already familiar ground for Pazzini
Probable line up: Rafael; Pisano, Bianchetti, Moras, Souprayen; Sala, Viviani, Greco; Silgardi, Pazzini, Gomes
Although Inter haven’t scored a ton of goals in their first four matches, with the club’s recent run of fine form, it’s difficult to see this match going in Verona’s favor.
Writers Prediction: Inter 2-0 Verona