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Inter Milan’s 2020/21 season is soon to be underway, with the ball starting to roll this Saturday when Fiorentina visits the San Siro. Up to 1,000 fans will be allowed in the stadium, and that number looks to increase as soon as October 8th.
La Viola have been in action once already, beating Torino 1-0 last week. This, though, will be the first real test of the campaign for a team that aspires to reach European football. Coming into the season, much had been made of Fiorentina’s midfield, which boasts the likes of Gaetano Castrovilli, Sofyan Amrabat, Erick Pulgar, Borja Valero, and Giacomo Bonaventura. In other words, a whole lot of talent. The first three names seem to be the first choice midfield, but with Pulgar unavailable due to COVID-19, we could see Valero make a return to the San Siro pitch. The battle in the center of the park is one to watch Saturday.
La Viola’s attack is a bit more of a question mark. Christian Kouame had a multitude of chances against Torino, but couldn’t find the back of the net. He still seems to be the first choice partner to Franck Ribery, ahead of the likes of Patrick Cutrone and Dusan Vlahović. The Ivorian will need to find his finishing boots if Fiorentina is to reach the upper levels of the table.
Inter, meanwhile, must balance this game with the assortment of transfer rumours circling players. Marcelo Brozovic, Diego Godin, and Milan Skriniar are all said to be on the way out of Milan, and with under two weeks left of the transfer window, moves will be coming thick and fast. In fact, we may get to see Skriniar’s potential replacement, Nikola Milenkovic, in action Saturday. But despite all of the noise, the Nerazzurri can’t afford to drop any points. Juve, Milan, and Napoli all picked up three points last week, so Inter has to play catch up for now.
Prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 Fiorentina
As all three of last season’s meetings against La Viola showed, Fiorentina is no push over. Inter will be tested again this Saturday, but should earn the three points nonetheless. 2-1 to the Nerazzurri thanks to Lautaro Martinez and Nicolo Barella!
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