The first instalment of Derby d’Italia is set to be played at the iconic San Siro as Inter Milan welcome their eternal rival Juventus for a top-of-the-table clash in Serie A this weekend.
There is finally some life in Serie A. Not that Napoli have been a pretender in the fight for Serie A for the last two seasons, but Juventus were never really in trouble in the league.
But the next game against Iter Milan is a different sort of things altogether, for the champions of last 8 Serie A seasons come into this game needing a win, or at least they need to avoid the defeat.
The enormity of this fixture can also be seen from various factors. Even before the ball is kicked off at San Siro, this game has already earned the highest money in any Serie A game from ticket sales. All the VIP Boxes at San Siro are also sold pout, while the fixture will be televised in more than 200 countries in the world.
All because of the new belief that Antonio Conte’s men can give Juve the challenge they have not faced in the almost last decade.
The Serie A match will be played between Inter Milan and Juventus at San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy. The ground has a capacity of 80,014.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Monday, October 07.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Inter Milan – W D W W W L
Juventus – D D W W W W
Inter Milan Team News:
Alexis Sanchez will serve a one-game back following two yellow cards in the last game against Sampdoria.
Super striker Romelu Lukaku is also a doubt due to to an injury, but the reports in the media indicate that the Belgian may be fit to lead the lines for the home team.
Conte’s best options:
A point will do no harm to Antonio Conte as he aims to break Juventus’ hold of Serie A.
Sanchez is suspended, and if Romelu Lukaku isn’t fit, expect Lautaro Martinez to lead the lines for the hosts. In that case, Conte may flood his midfield in a bad to stop the services to Juve’s forward players.
Sensi has been Inter’s best player this season and will be one of the first names on the sheet. He should be supported by Brozovic and Vecino in the midfield.
Skriniar, Godin and de Vrij will form a three-man backline for the Internazionale.
Inter Milan Probable XI:
Handanovic (GK), Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Brozovic, Candreva, Barella, Sensi, Asamoah, Martinez, Lukaku
Juventus FC Team News:
Club captain Giorgio Chiellini remains out due to a knee injury, with Marko Pjaca, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa also missing the match against Inter Milan due to their respective injuries.
Danilo returned to the training this week but remains short of match fitness at the moment.
Following players have been called upon by Maurizio Sarri for the clash against Inter Milan:
Gianluigi Buffon, Wojciech Szczesny, Aaron Ramsey, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs De Ligt, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlo Pinsoglio, Federico Bernardeschi, Alex Sandro, Blaise Matuidi, Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Gonzalo Higuain, Emre Can, Daniele Rugani, Adrien Rabiot, Merih Demiral
Sarri’s best XI:
Szczesny will start in goal and should have Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro and Cuadrado forming a backline in front of him.
Cuadrado at right-back because of the lack of options available for Sarri in this position. The Columbian has done a decent job in the absence of Danilo in the last two games and should get a start here.
From the last couple of games, we get the idea that Aron Ramsey is the man preferred by Sarri in a creative role, with Khedira, Matuidi and the talented Pjanic all starting behind him in the midfield.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a definite choice and should see Gonzalo Higuain starting alongside him in the forward positions.
Juventus Probable XI:
Szczesny (GK), Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro, Khedira, Matuidi, Pjanic, Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
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JUV vs INT Dream11 potential winner:
Juventus should at least get a draw here.