Chievo vs Inter by Enzo

Chievo didn't start the previous season in remarkable way, but in the end managed to take over the nineth position in Serie A and actually have one of the most successful seasons in previous decades. This way, they continued being really decent force in Italian football, managing to give very strong resistance many times to favorites opponents.

After having a very positive season, the team didn't change their squad a lot and will be looking to build up on previous season, searching for their chance in fluid performances and players who are playing together now for longer amount of time. Their team is one of the oldest in the league, which will surely give them enough experience. Only new name in the team is 37 years old goalkeeper Sorrentino who arrived from Palermo and should replace a year older Brizzi. Midfielders Pepe, Pinzi and Ninkovic have left the team.

Chievo will be playing in 4-3-1-2 formation with Meggiorini and Inglese as strikers and Birsa as offensive central midfielder. Their manager Rolando Maran will have to do without injured duo of Nicola Rigioni (midfielder) and Antonio Floro Flores (offensive midfielder). The team will be consisted only of players who already played in previous season, while the only new signing who could be playing on the field is Stefano Sorrentino who came back to the club after three years in Palermo.

Inter isn't coming from a positive season, since the team finished previous year only being fourth, meaning that they lost the chance to play in Champions League this season. They ended up thirteen points behind third placed Roma and are surely looking to build up on that now, being if not competitive in a title race, then surely wanting to get the Champions League ticket finally.

Still, return to Europa League is obvious improvement in comparison to previous season when the team didn't play in Europe, but since the things didn't go in the best way, they separated with coach Mancini and brought specialist from Ajax, de Boer. Defender Erkin came, but also midfielders Candreva and Banega, plus some players have returned from loan deals. On the other side, they lost defender Juan and young striker Manaj, but also defender Telles and Ljajic, two players who were only on loan with them.

Visitors should be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Icardi as number nine and Candreva, Banega and Perisic as offensive midfielders. Frank de Boer didn't have much time to work with the team after replacing Roberto Mancini. The Dutch will need to work on some absences in the defense, since he can't count at Cristian Ansaldi and Marco Andreolli who are out injured. Moreover, Jeison Murillo is carrying over suspension from the previous season. Enver Banega and Antonio Candreva are set for their debuts and both should play behind striker Icardi.

  • Inter have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches against Chievo.

Inter brought in promising manager de Boer and I believe they will start on the right foot here. Chievo doesn't seem to change much looking back at years, while Inter surely has now some fresh blood and should be able to obtain all three points in the season opening game, while we surely have valuable odds.

Bet: Inter Wins @ 2.10 with Bet365
Result: 2-0 (lost)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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  1. gilles says:

    @Enzo do you think Inter has the quality on bench to replace the missings in defense today?

  2. zamorano18 says:

    well the only heavy missing here is murillo… i hope de boer will not replace him with ranocchia but instead he will put medel in defense which should actually work out pretty well. miranda – medel

    so i dont see such a big handicap in defense if he fields medel who played already some real nice games with chile as center back. he always plays it there… it should work for chievo…

  3. gilles says:

    thx, De Boer was defender himself as a player, he should know what he’s is doing

  4. zamorano18 says:

    exactly. my main bet is already set on inter. but i will maybe place another once i see the lineup.

    concerning the missings… andreolli is just bench player, ansaldi new signing so he anyways not adapted to the team by now so nothing missing here.
    brozovic was doubtful coz of muscle problems but was called up for the match today so i guess he will get some minutes for medel in midfield since i hope that de boer will field medel in defense for murillo who is the only real missing in this squad…
    though i doubt that brozovic will play fulltime but inters midfield is wide enough by now to let medel easily play as center back.

    maybe gnoukouri or Yao will also play a role this evening. dont be afraid or shocked if u see them coz they are actually pretty decent.

    bout chievo i see nothing special compared to last season. enzo said everything. they actually also bought a left forward for 4 million from belgian league called Mpoku but i dont know if he will play tonight or whats up with him.

    last season inter beat chievo on their pitch and im confident that this season with an improved lineup inter will again beat them. I think this team must be on fire finally.

    wish all good luck.

  5. zamorano18 says:

    ok de boer really risks to play with ranocchia for murillo.. now that will be a gamble. i just hope rano will suceed to play one game without game deciding fault….
    de boer seems to have trust in him…

  6. Maz says:

    Wtf was this game.. Inter loses against Chievo without even scoring a goal? Wow.. just, wow..

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