Inter continues with their good performances in Serie A, deservedly being at the leading spot on the table, having eight points more than their biggest rivals Milan.
In their last match on the road to Bologna, a team from Milano did just what it took for them to record a narrow 0:1 victory, and justified the role of a strong favorite.
Lukaku brought his team the lead in the 32nd minute when he found himself in the right place at the right time to catch a rebound, while the hosts simply lacked more creativity to do something more in this clash, even though they had the possession.
Midfielder Vidal (23/1) is out injured, while forward Perisic (25/2) is unlikely to play as well due to a muscle problem. Midfielder Brozovic (25/1) is suspended, as well as central-back Bastoni (25/0).
Sassuolo can be satisfied with their last performance at home against favored Roma when they managed to come with a 2:2 draw, in a very dynamic encounter.
They put up with quite a fight, being able to respond whenever they were in deficit. The hosts conceded first from the penalty in the 26th, but as previously mentioned, responded with an equalizer over Traore in the 57th.
Even though they conceded another one only twelve minutes later, their determination was at its highest, and with another one scored over Raspadori in the 85th minute, proved that they have the quality to deal with superior squads, even though it was Roma that created more.
Sassuolo is at 9th spot in the standings, twelve points in deficit compared to the European-placed Lazio.
They will miss central-back Ayhan (17/0), midfielder Bourabia (12/1), and offensive players Berardi (22/11), Defrel (20/2), and Caputo (22/11). Central-back Ferrari (25/0), right-back Muldur (22/0) and midfielder Locatelli (25/3) won’t play despite being negative at the last test.
Must win and quality gap
Even though the guests showed more than decent offensive potential in the last couple of matches, simply said, the quality gap is too great for them to expect something significant here.
They might be effective, but Inter is taking this game as seriously as possible, and with the players missing in the away team, it’s really difficult to see them staying completely competitive during the clash now that Inter comes closer and closer to Scudetto and having great individual potential at the back.