Inter Milan turned on the style in breathless fashion last time out, hitting Brescia for six in a dominant performance here, while Bologna travel to Milano after dropping points versus Cagliari.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Sunday July 05
Venue: San Siro
Inter enjoyed an impressive outing against basement boys, Brescia on Wednesday, with six different players registering their names on the scoreboard in the 6-0 win at the San Siro.
Since returning to Serie A action last month, I Nerazzurri have collected 10 points from a possible 12 on offer to maintain their slim chances of usurping league leaders, Juventus in the race for the Scudetto.
That is very unlikely to happen, but there is belief Antonio Conte’s side will be credible challengers by the time next campaign comes around, with the acquisition of exciting full-back Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid earlier this week a pointer to this.
Bologna, on their part, are stuck mid-table after faltering in the push for Europe but have done just enough to steer clear of the drop zone. Their results since the return of league action have been a mixed bag, with one win, one draw and one defeat picked up from their three games so far.
They have not kept a clean sheet since a 0-0 draw away to Genoa on September 25, but are surprisingly only seven points away from an Europa League place heading into this game
Should Inter complete the double (having beaten them 2-1 in this game’s reverse fixture) over Bologna here, it would be the first time they have done so since the 2015-16 season.
Milan Skriniar will play no part for Inter here due to some.
Midfield duo of Stefano Sensi and Matias Vecino are nursing injuries and are not in contention for roles here.
Sinisa Mihajlovic will be without the quarter of Andreas Skov Olsen, Federico Santander, Ibrahima Mbaye and Andrea Poli for the trip to the San Siro.
Head to Head
In 47 competitive meetings between these two teams, Inter have garnered 30 wins to Bologna’s eight. Nine games have ended as stalemates.
Inter Milan last five competitive games: DWDWW
Bologna last five competitive games: DLLWD
Inter are in a rich vein of form, and while they are still mathematically not out of the title race, we think they have the chance to pick up another victory at their homeground on Sunday. Conte’s men showed real urgency and guile in the final third when going up against Brescia, and are odds-on to beat Bologna for the second time this season. That is 1/2 for odds here, and our first possible pick from this game.
Romelu Lukaku is 19/20 to score anytime in this game, and is rightly one player to back on the goal-scorers market. The big Belgian was given a breather last time out, not coming on until the final quarter of the impressive win, but he is likely to be reinstated to the starting lineup here. Expect him to add to his tally of 19 league goals and help his team to victory.