Sassuolo vs Inter Milan
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: MAPEI Stadium (Reggio Emilia).
After beating Lazio to snatch fourth spot on the final matchday of last season, Inter will be hoping to start things off well as they take on Sassuolo on matchday one of the 2018/2019 Serie A campaign.
This season will see Italy gain four spots in this season’s Champions League and Inter fans are certainly excited to have a seat at the big table once again after missing out in the past few seasons.
With Luciano Spalletti in charge, Inter are hoping to be a major challenger to Juventus for the Scudetto this time around. They’ve made some impressive signings in Radja Nainggolan and Keita Balde Diao from Roma and Lazio, as well as Lautaro Martinez to further bolster their attack, and also brought in Stefan de Vrij and Sime Vrsaljko to shore up their back-line.
The Nerazzurri were desperate to also secure the services of Real Madrid star Luka Modric, who the Italian press claimed was equally keen on making the switch to Serie A, but that move never came to fruition.
Nonetheless, this Inter team is looking pretty solid, and they have managed to keep hold of star man Mauro Icardi, who will benefit from the new signings.
Croatian duo Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic, who were instrumental in the Vatreni’s run to the finals, are expected to be big players for Spalletti’s side as Inter aim to be competitive on all fronts this season and improve on last season’s fourth placed finish.
As for Sassuolo, things have really gone badly since Eusebio Di Francesco left. Although they managed to scrape into 11th spot, they won just four of their 19 home games and certainly will be expected to struggle against an Inter side pushing to ensure they secure a top four spot.
Sassuolo vs Inter Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- Sassuolo have won more matches versus Inter in Serie A than against any other side – winning six of the 10 fixtures (L4)
- However, two of Sassuolo’s three worst defeats in Serie A have come against Inter: 0-7 in both September 2013 and 2014
- Kevin-Prince Boateng has faced Inter seven times in Serie A without ever scoring.
Whilst Mauro Icardi’s first ever hat-trick for Inter was against Sassuolo.
- Inter have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six opening league matches, winning four and a drawing the other (L1)
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Sassuolo’s last 6 home games
Sassuolo vs Inter Milan: Prediction
Mauro Icardi was joint top scorer in Serie A with an impressive 29 goals and will be gunning to make sure he keeps that return up especially with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who of course will be a top contender for the Capocannoniere title. He’ll be crucial in making sure Inter achieve their objectives this season.
Sassuolo vs Inter Milan: Betting tips
Inter – WIN at 3/5 (1.60)
Under 2.5 goals at 12/11 (2.05).