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.