?Inter will look to cement their place in the top four of Serie A as they host SPAL on Sunday afternoon.
As with most of Inter’s recent matches, the buildup to this match has been dominated by the antics of star striker Mauro Icardi, with manager Luciano Spalletti telling a news conference that he is refusing to train with the club, Goal reporting that Icardi has told his boss: “I’ll tell you when I feel ready to play.”
The Nerazzurri are three points clear of fifth placed Roma in their hunt for Champions League football next season, while also being only a point behind city rivals AC Milan. SPAL meanwhile in 16th, just five points above the relegation zone.
Where to Watch
|?When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 10 March?|
|?What Time Is Kick Off?||?14:00 (GMT)|
|?Where Is it Played?||?San Siro|
|?TV Channel/Stream?||?Free Sports UK|
Following their hard-fought 0-0 draw away to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday, Inter will have had little chance to recover as they return to Serie A action.
It’s looking more and more likely that the talismanic Icardi has played his last game at San Siro, meaning Lautaro Martinez, who has just five goals in 19 league games this season, will be expected to deliver for the home side.?
Radja Nainggolan suffered an injury in training which will keep him out for a couple of weeks, while fellow midfielder Matias Vecino will miss out due to a suspension. Croatian World Cup finalist Sime Vrsaljiko is out long term after having knee surgery.
Spalletti stated in his press conference that Ivan Perisic, who came off after an hour on Thursday, is suffering from fatigue and muscle issues, which may see the winger rested on Sunday.
SPAL centre back Thiago Cionek is suspended following his red card against Sampdoria in their last game, while winger Lazzari is out due to injury. Club captain and former Leeds forward Mirco Antenucci will likely be on the bench, as ex-Swansea player Alberto Paloschi will lead the line for the white and blues.?
|?Inter||Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar, Dalbert; Gagliardini, Brozovic; Politano, Joao Mario, Candreva; Lautaro Martinez?|
|?SPAL||?Viviano; Vicari, Felipe, Bonifazi, Fares; Valoti, Missiroli, Murgia, Kurtic; Petagna, Paloschi|
?Head to Head Record
|?Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Inter (7/3)||?SPAL 1-2 Sampdoria (3/3)|
|?Cagliari 2-1 Inter (1/3)||?Sassuolo 1-1 SPAL (24/2)|
|?Fiorentina 3-3 Inter (24/2)||?SPAL 1-4 Fiorentina (17/2)|
|?Inter 4-0 Rapid Wienna (21/2)||?Atalanta 2-1 SPAL (10/2)|
|?Inter 2-1 Sampdoria (17/2)||?SPAL 0-0 Torino (3/2)|