Preview - SPAL vs Inter Milan 08 October 18

Started by Harry85, Oct 06, 2018, 11:49 PM

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Match Day 8
SPAL vs Inter Milan
Monday, October 8th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

Last five matches form:  L W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Andrea Petagna (2)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 0.71
Top Scorer: Ivan Perišić (2)

Inter Milan find themselves on something of a hot streak at present having won their past five games in all competitions. Next up they have what fans will be hoping is a winnable away fixture as they travel to the Stadio Paolo Mazza to take on SPAL.

SPAL began the season in good style, winning three of their first four games and conceding just the one goal in the process. The key to that early season form was resolute defending at the back and nicking the odd goal on the counter attack. Things haven't been so good since though with the home side arriving at this game having lost their last three, conceding seven and scoring just once.

This game ended in a 1-1 draw last season with Inter winning the reverse fixture 2-0 at the San Siro.

Federico Viviani and Jasmin Kurtic miss out for the home side with Sime Vrsaljko being the only absentee for the visitors.

Inter are playing much the better football of these two sides at present and appear to be in possession of a great never say die attitude which will likely serve them well over the course of the season. SPAL just don't look to have enough goals in the side at present and we would expect Inter to have too much going forward in this one.

Prediction: SPAL 1 - 2 Inter Milan


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  7 - 4
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 9
Possession: 52% - 48%

Referee Fabio Maresca's notebook was pretty full at the end of this one. Manuel Lazzari, Mattia Valoti, Simone Missiroli, Pasquale Schiattarella, Everton Luiz and Felipe all being booked for the home side, and Sime Vrsaljko and Miranda having their names taken for Inter.

SPAL had marginally the better of this on the statistics but were always likely to find it difficult - given their style - once falling behind early. Whilst they did get themselves back on level terms, they were ultimately undone by one of the league's most efficient finishers.

The opening goal came in the 14th minute. Sime Vrsaljko's cross from the right hand side being met with a near post header from Mauro Icardi. His effort deflecting off the arm of a defender and bouncing into the ground before finding the left hand side of the net.

SPAL equalised in the 72nd minute. A low cross from the left being made more dangerous by a slight deflection on the way through which sent it skimming across two Inter defenders in the six yard box. Alberto Paloschi the man arriving to finish from point blank range.

The winner came in the 78th minute and it was the clinical Icardi who grabbed it. Played in inside the area to the left hand side by Ivan Perisic, there never seemed a moment's doubt as the front man controlled and finished well into the bottom right corner. 2-1 final score.

A solid start to the season from Inter Milan who move up to third spot on the back of this win. SPAL slip down to 14th at the end of Match Day 8.

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