In the first round of Italian Serie A, it’s home team Sassuolo v Inter Milan. Inter Milan has had big problems recently when playing against Sassuolo, but this time their losing streak must end.
Our Tips and Predictions For This Game:
When you look at the head-to-head results, it seems logical to bet on Sassuolo. In their previous 11 meetings, Sassuolo won 7 and Inter just 4. Strangely, Inter Milan won the first 3 games and then managed to win just once in the next 8 games. Last season, Sassuolo, who was battling to avoid relegation, won both games (1-0 and 2-1) against Inter Milan, who was battling for a Champion’s League spot. This season, Inter Milan looks much stronger, so dropping points against weak sides such as Sassuolo should not happen any more. That’s why we are going to bet on Inter Milan to win, which 888sport values at 1.65.
Sassuolo was battling to avoiding relegation last season, and thanks to a strong finish, they managed to stay 8 points clear of relegated Crotone. They have bought some decent players including attacking midfielder, Jeremie Boga, from Chelsea; right-winger, Federico Di Francesco, from Bologna; striker, Khouma Babacar, from Fiorentina; central defender, Marlon, from Barcelona; whilst midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng, signed as a free agent. They also sold their best players last season: striker, Diego Falcinelli, (Bologna); central defender, Francesco Acerbi, (Lazio); and right-winger, Matteo Politano, (Inter).
Inter Milan will try to attack first; that’s what manager Luciano Spalletti says. Besides Politano, Inter Milan bought central midfielder, Radja Nainggolan; striker, Lautaro Martinez; right back, Sime Vrsaljko; left-winger, Keita Balde and centre back, Stefan de Vrij, who are all world-class players. Players who left the club (Geoffrey Kondogbia, Eder, Davide Santon, Yotu Nagatomo…) were all very mediocre, so Inter Milan did a great job this summer and should be considered as Juventus’ main rival in a battle for the championship.
Sassuolo last 5 games:
Inter last 5 games:
Sassuolo v Inter last 5 games:
Reasons For and Against The Tip:
✓ Inter did a great job in the summer transfer market; they are now a really great team.
✓ Sassuolo lost their best players; however, they bought some decent ones as their replacements.
✓ Inter Milan needs to start the season with a win to prove that they are Juventus’s main rival this season.
✘ Sassuolo won 7 of their 11 meetings, 4 out of the last 5.