After what seems like a long international break Serie A action resumes. This week Inter welcome visitors recently promoted Parma who just gave Juventus a lot of trouble two weeks ago. It is nice to see Parma back in Serie A after a three year absences due to the club’s bankruptcy after being relegated to Serie B at the end of the 2014-15 season which was followed by three promotions in a row. The last time Inter and Parma played the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Inter are looking to get some sort of momentum going as they’ve been struggling to get things going and currently sit 7th in the league standings especially with the Champions League drawing ever closer. While Parma are looking to at least get in better position in the standings as they currently sit in the near the relegation zone which is expected for a recently promoted team but I feel they have the make up of a team that will survive Inter is just another challenge.
Inter Milan are known for taking goal chances and they’ll look to do the same against Parma and hopefully they are able to finish those chances as that is one thing they struggle with. Also they will do their best to steal the ball away from Parma’s offense and they’ll try not give them room to work and breathe as Inter are good at defending against weaker teams and need to work harder versus stronger opponents. They are great at using individual player skill to create chances though they do end up with more individual errors as a result. They also need to do a better job to protect any lead they get. As usual they will play possession football along with controlling the ball in their opponents half of the pitch and will frequently use the offside trap to throw the opposition off guard. This week don’t expect to see the bull Lauturo Martinez play as he is out with a calf injury sustained during international duties and it is undetermined when he will return to action. Also it is reported that Vrsaljiko will also be out with a knee injury. The player that Parma need to keep an eye out for is Icardi who is in the hunt to getting back into scoring beast mode as he as been struggling to find the back of the net as of late but he is good at creating and taking scoring chances if given the ball it could give Parma nightmares if he gets any momentum going.
Parma are known for taking chances using player skills. They are also known for creating chances after free kicks. Those are their key strengths but they have this they need to work on if they have any hopes of beating Inter. They need to work on shutting down their opponents attack and holding them to a standstill. They also need to control not fouling in crucial areas such as inside the box. Also they need to protect the wings and defending set piece situations. They will favor long shots and attack mostly down the left. Parma have a comprehensive list of players that will be out or doubtful in this weeks clash such as Dezi, Munari, Scozzarella, Amato, Bibiany and Grassi and they have players on suspension Luca, Yves, Pinto, Calaio, Gianni until the end of December. The player that could be a difference factor is Gervinho who is good at creating scoring chances and has expectational vison to provide service for his teammates.
The bottom-line is who wants the win more if Parma can isolate Icardi and not let him have any room to work and if they can also keep the ball moving and create scoring chances with Gervinho leading the Parma attack. Parma can get lucky and win this match if Gervinho is at his best. But if Inter show up and defend the ball and do what is needed to execute and finish scoring chances also making limited to no mistakes Inter could easily win this match. This match should be a very easy win for the home boys Inter as they’re also a strong team in home matches.
Inter Projected Lineup 4-2-3-1
Def: Asomah, Skriniar,Devrij, D’Ambrosio
Def mid: Brozovic and Gagliardini
Attacking Mid: Perisic, Radja, Politano
Manager: Lucaino Spalletti
Parma Projected Lineup 4-3-3
Def: Alves, Dimarco, Gobbi, Gagliolo
Def Mid: Barilla, Cruz, Carriero
Attacking Mid: Vacca, Gervinho, Inglese Manager: Roberto D’Aversa
Inter’s Marco Icardi
Date: Saturday September 15th, 2018
Venue: San Siro, Milan
Kickoff: 8:00AM (USA) 2:00PM (ENG), 3:00PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila, ESPN+