Roma vs Inter by Enzo
Roma got outplayed last weekend away from home against Torino following 3:1 defeat, as the team obviously has problems performing away from home. Out of three matches played, they have only a point earned against Cagliari, while the team also didn't get a victory in a 1:1 game of Europa League group stage first round against Plzen.
They had much more of the ball possession against Torino, but were nowhere good in creating chances, as the hosts exploited their own efficiency fully thanks to two goals from Falque (one from penalty kick) and a goal from Belotti. Little things have chanced on the side of Roma when Totti entered the game and scored a goal from a penalty kick, but not enough to make the game more interesting. Roma won easily on Thursday evevening against Romanian champions Astra 4:0 and surely have improved the morale and chances of progressing further in Europa league with a comfortable three pointer.
Roma should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Perotti, Dzeko and Salah as forwards. They continue to miss central defender Antonio Rudiger and left back Mario Rui, who both didn't perform so far in the season. Central defender Thomas Vermaelen (2/0) is another injured absentee. Francesco Totti did very well with the team on the pitch on Thursday in Europa League, but it's more likely that Edin Dzeko gets back to the starting lineup for this one.
Inter, on the other side, was limited to only a 1:1 draw against Bologna last weekend at home. After two consecutive victories, at home over Juventus and on the road against Empoli, everyone though that the players of Inter are finally getting into the right form, but it was just yet another way to prove that they continue to be highly unreliable squad.
Both goals came in the first halftime with the visitors from Bologna taking the lead first, while the home team remained with more of ball posession in the second halftime, however without changing the final outcome. Inter also disappointed last Thursday evening when the team suffered 3:1 defeat on the road against Sparta Prague and is now in real problems having no earned point after two matches played.
Visitors from Milan should be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Icardi as alone striker, but also with Canreva, Banega and Perisic as offensive midfielders. Offensive midfielder Joao Mario (3/0) has a muscular problem, but should be able to recover in time for this one. Injured remains, and probably their only injury worry should be central defender Marco Andreolli who didn't perform yet in the season. Cristian Ansaldi is fully recovered and should be playing here.
- Roma are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Inter.
- Roma have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 home matches (Serie A).
Roma comes from a morale boosting victory on Thursday evening and I expect the hosts to continue in the same manner. Inter continues with unreliable performances as their approach in a match against Sparta was completely wrong few days ago. Roma remains favorite for me and should get the victory, but goals are also expected here.