Fiorentina are missing key defender Nikola Milenkovic through suspension with Inter Milan’s attack to take advantage. Expect Romelu Lukaku to get on the score sheet here.
Fiorentina have had a poor start to the season. La Viola have won 5 and lost 8 of their opening 20 matches in Serie A with a -10 goal difference. Cesare Prandelli’s side were knocked out of the Coppa Italia against Inter Milan. Christian Kouamé equalised at home to take it to extra time where they conceded in the 119th minute in a 2-1 defeat. Fiorentina returned to Serie A with a 6-0 loss at Napoli. They bounced back with a 2-1 home win against Crotone with Giacomo Bonaventura and Dusan Vlahovic establishing a 2-0 half time lead. Fiorentina’s last match was a 1-1 draw at Torino. Gaetano Castrovilli was sent off in the 61st minute, Franck Ribery scoring in the 67th minute before Nikola Milenkovic was sent off 4 minutes later. They held on until the 88th minute. Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic and midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli are suspended. 21-year-old Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic has scored 6 goals in his last 9 Serie A matches.
Inter Milan are two points behind their crosstown rivals AC Milan at the top of Serie A. I Nerazzurri recorded an impressive 2-0 home win against Juventus after having 1.73-0.37 expected goals. Antonio Conte’s side drew 0-0 at Udinese but bounced back with a 2-1 win against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia. They were 1-0 down when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off and took advantage with goals to Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen. Inter Milan returned to Serie A with a 4-0 home win against Benevento. They went ahead through an own goal in the 7th minute and went on with the job, Lautaro Martínez making it 2-0 and Lukaku bagging a brace. Inter Milan’s last match was a 2-1 home defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia. Lautaro Martínez put them ahead in the 9th minute but they couldn’t stop Ronaldo in an even match. Inter Milan right back Achraf Hakimi is available after suspension. Top scorer Romelu Lukaku is available after serving a suspension in the Coppa Italia.
Inter Milan have a 74-49 advantage against Fiorentina with 57 draws in 180 matches. Inter Milan won 4-3 at home in Serie A this season before a 2-1 extra time win in Florence in the Coppa Italia. Fiorentina are likely to struggle defensively without suspended centre back Nikola Milenkovic. Inter Milan can get back to winning ways with Romelu Lukaku playing a key role.
PREDICTION : INTER MILAN WIN 2-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE