Saturday 12 May

Inter vs Sassuolo - Match Preview

12 May 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
12 May 2018

US Sassuolo

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 12 May 2018

Across Europe, the domestic football season is nearing its climax and in Italy, there’s still plenty to play for some sides. Inter have still got it all to play for in their two remaining games and they face Sassuolo on Saturday who won’t be going down this term.

STATS

  • Inter’s campaign has been a bit of a rollercoaster and many would say they should have secured Champions League football by now. However, they aren’t even in the top four as they need to overtake either Roma or Lazio in the two places above them. They’ve won three of their last five, making no mistake last time out with a 4-0 win over Udinese.
  • It’s been a stable season for Sassuolo and they’ll be happy that they have already confirmed their safety in Serie A next year. They lie 12th with seven points separating them from the bottom three and it was their 1-0 victory against Sampdoria in their last match that ensured they would be avoiding the drop.
  • Mauro Icardi is a man in demand after a blistering season for Inter. With 28 goals, he is only one behind Ciro Immobile in the race for the Italian Golden Boot.
  • Matteo Politano has been Sassuolo’s stand-out performer this term with nine league goals and four assists. He has shown that he can carry the weight of being the first-choice striker.

HEAD TO HEAD

With Sassuolo only becoming a top-flight side five years ago, there isn’t much history between these teams. In the nine previous Serie A encounters, it might come as a surprise to see that the minnows have actually won five of those. They won the reverse fixture earlier in the season 1-0 thanks to Diego Falcinelli’s first-half winner. Although, Inter have managed 16 goals in their four wins over Sassuolo and both teams have scored in just three of the nine fixtures.

INTER NEWS

This is a must-win game for Inter as they must keep the pressure on the two sides above them in the hope that they slip up. With no late-season injury worries, it bodes very well for the hosts.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

06.05.2018 Seri Udinese Calcio Inter Milan 0:4 W
28.04.2018 Seri Inter Milan Juventus Turin 2:3 L
22.04.2018 Seri AC Chievo Verona Inter Milan 1:2 W
17.04.2018 Seri Inter Milan Cagliari Calcio 4:0 W
14.04.2018 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Inter Milan 0:0 D

SASSUOLO NEWS

This match holds very little importance for Saturday’s visitors but they will want to maintain their fantastic record against one of Italy’s giants. Federico Peluso misses out through suspension while Pol Lirola won’t be back before the end of the season.

Latest matches: US Sassuolo

06.05.2018 Seri US Sassuolo Sampdoria Genoa 1:0 W
29.04.2018 Seri FC Crotone US Sassuolo 4:1 L
21.04.2018 Seri US Sassuolo AC Fiorentina 1:0 W
18.04.2018 Seri Hellas Verona US Sassuolo 0:1 W
15.04.2018 Seri US Sassuolo Benevento Calcio 2:2 D

SUMMARY

Saturday’s game at the San Siro is huge for Inter and quite irrelevant for Sassuolo which is why Inter are huge favourites to take, what could turn out to be, a vital three points. They should have too much firepower for the visitors who probably won’t exceed 80% effort levels.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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