Inter Milan will look to keep pace in the Serie A title race when they travel to Brianteo this Friday to face newly promoted Monza.
Venue: Brianteo (Monza)
Monza haven’t conceded a home Serie A goal inside the opening half-hour this season.
They have won four of their last five Serie A home games.
The hosts have four clean sheets in their last five home league games.
Inter Milan have won their last three league games.
They have kept just one clean sheet in their last five competitive games.
The visitors have lost four of their last seven Serie A away matches (W3).
Head to head
This is the first Serie A meeting between both sides.
Latest performances in all competitions
Inter Milan: W-W-W-D-W
Monza will look to make it three league games unbeaten when they face Inter Milan on Friday.
The hosts Monza marked their return to Serie A action with a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina on Wednesday, taking their points tally in the league to 17 points.
The result stretched their cushion to the relegation zone to eight points coming into the round. Such a distance to the drop zone marks a mightily impressive start to life in the top flight for the hosts, who are rubbing shoulders with Italy’s elite for the first time ever.
While Inter are among the toppers in the league, Monza will hold no fear, given that they have four of their last five Serie A home games. However, the Serie A debutants may be cautiously optimistic about pulling off another famous upset after their win here over Juventus.
Possible Monza starting line-up
Michele Di Gregorio, Marlon Santos, Luca Caldirola, Armando Izzo, Patrick Ciurria, Matteo Pessina, Filippo Ranocchia, Carlos Augusto, Andrea Colpani, Gianluca Caprari, Dany Mota.
Doubtful: Stefano Sensi
Meanwhile, Inter Milan will look to make it four league wins in four games when they face Monza on Friday.
The visitors returned to Serie A action with an eye-catching 1-0 victory against table-topping Napoli, a result which strengthened their position within the top four.
While a second league title in three years remains a pipe dream unless Inter can close the eight-point gap to the top, the fact they were the first side to inflict a league defeat upon Napoli this season does hint at signs of a turnaround.
However, they have to prove that the result wasn’t just a one-off may by winning this game against an easier opponent. But that might not be that straightforward for Inter, as they have lost four of their last seven SA away matches (W3).
Ahead of the first competitive meeting between these sides since 1990/91, it is perhaps easy to see why Inter are struggling on the road, as the Nerazzurri are without an away league clean sheet in their last 12 such games.
Possible Inter Milan starting line-up
Andre Onana, Milan Skriniar, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian, Nicolò Barella, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Hakan Calhanoglu, Federico Dimarco, Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku.
Injured: Marcelo Brozovic,
Doubtful: Stefan De Vrij
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Monza 0-1 Inter Milan