Pescara vs Inter Milan
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 11 September 2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia (Pescara).
Back in Serie A after four seasons, Pescara will be hoping to avoid a trip back down to Serie B. The Delfini are making their sixth ever appearance in Italian football’s top flight and started off solidly by drawing Napoli 2-2. Regrettably, their lack of defensive nous was exposed as they ended up conceding twice to drop two points, but it nonetheless was an encouraging start.
Due to an odd twist of fate, Pescara lost to Sassuolo, but still won the match. Specifically, an administrative error on the part of the Neroverdi forced them to forfeit, with a customary 3-0 win being awarded to the Delfini. For a team that will be in a relegation battle later this season, they will be more than happy to take three “free” points any way they can.
Meanwhile, Inter, in a bid to boost their fortunes, have made some changes. Roberto Mancini departed last month and was replaced by Dutch tactician Frank de Boer. In addition, the Nerazzurri were quite active during this summer’s transfer market, splashing the cash to acquire Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa. As to whether either player will bring something to the table remains to be seen, but fans could see new man Joao Mario in action this Sunday.
With the congested fixture list ahead, de Boer will face a tough choice between rotating his squad to keep key members fresh or fielding a strong starting XI to pick up a much-needed win. It goes without saying that he will likely go with the second option. The Nerazzurri need all the positive momentum they can get as they intend to compete on three fronts this season.
Pescara vs Inter: Head-to-head statistics
- Pescara have yet to win, let alone score against Inter.
- The hosts have faced the Nerazzurri only twice previously (in 2012/2013) and lost both home and away, 3-0 and 2-0.
- Inter have lost their past four away games and conceded two or more goals in three of those fixtures
Pescara vs Inter: Prediction
Yes, Pescara (4 points) are in the top half of the table looking down on Inter (1 point). And the Nerazzurri have been far from their best. However, that does not change the fact that Inter – on paper at least – are a far superior side to the Delfini. Certainly, Pescara’s draw with Napoli was impressive, but their “win” over Sassuolo was given following the Neroverdi fielding an ineligible player.
Deduct those “free” three points, and Pescara really are no better off than the Nerazzurri. Staying afloat this term is going to be their primary objective, whilst Inter will be keen on chasing a Champions League spot. Nonetheless, one cannot dispute that the Nerazzurri have been absolutely poor so far. One point from two games – a draw with Palermo – is not encouraging news for a team hoping for a top three finish.
Then again, Juve started off badly last term and went on to win the league. In any case, this should be a straightforward three points for Inter and bring an end to their away losing streak. In addition, it’s also a chance for new coach Frank de Boer to get his troops back on track ahead of their Europa League game next week. Pescara will certainly try to give them a good game, but ultimately will be outclassed. 2-1 for this match.
Pescara vs Inter: Betting tips
Inter win at 8/11 (1.73)
Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.85).