Inter Milan vs Fiorentina
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milan).
Ironically, Stefano Pioli’s first task will have him returning to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza as he now takes charge of Fiorentina against Inter.
After a brief stint with Inter, the ex-Lazio man will be leading the Viola. Inter are now under the guidance of Luciano Spalletti, who was in charge of Roma. Fiorentina, meanwhile have been having a really rough summer, seeing their team being dismantled left and right. Nikola Kalinic seems determined to push through a move to AC Milan before the transfer window slams shut. Federico Bernadeschi has been sold on to Juventus, and for a team that finished in the top eight, earning a European football spot is now going to be a taller order now.
They do have options like Khouma Babacar and Federico Chiesa, albeit the way that Fiorentina are selling people left and right, there are surely people wondering for how long they will be in a Viola kit, too.
However, they did manage to secure the signature of promising youngster Giovanni Simeone from Genoa earlier this week, albeit it remains to be seen whether he will make his full debut this weekend or will feature from the bench.
Meanwhile, Inter have brought in Borja Valero and Matias Vecino from Fiorentina to try to re-bolster their squad. The objective, of course, for the Nerazzurri, who are totally out of European competition, is to finish in a Champions League spot. Next season, Italy will have four places up for grabs, which should make this term a lot more interesting.
So far, Inter have also managed to hang on to Ivan Perisic, despite Manchester United’s aggressive pursuit of him all summer, and Nerazzurri fans will be hoping the club can maintain their firm stance with just a few weeks remaining.
Inter Milan vs Fiorentina: Head-to-head statistics
Fiorentina have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Inter in all competitions.
Inter have seen over 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches against Fiorentina in all competitions.
Fiorentina have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Inter’s last 13 games.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Fiorentina’s last 8 games.
Inter Milan vs Fiorentina: Prediction
Inter and Fiorentina played some exciting football last season, with plenty of goals between both teams. Inter have seen over 2.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 matches against Fiorentina across all competitions and the Nerazzurri scored a whopping four goals against the Viola at the end of last season. Expect a repeat of this on Sunday in what should be a very interesting clash between these two teams.
Inter Milan vs Fiorentina: Betting tips
Over 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70)
Inter to WIN and BTTS – YES at 11/5 (3.20).