Inter Milan are considered 9/20 favourites to beat a confident Hellas Verona side as Atalanta look to pile more misery on Sampdoria’s poor start to the season.
Inter know that they will need to beat the smaller sides to guarantee a spot in Europe next season but the former Serie A champions are going to need everything to beat surprise package Hellas Verona on Saturday evening.
Inter have enjoyed a much better start to the season this time around although their recent form has concerned some fans as they have yet to win a league game in nearly a month and sit fifth in the table.
Walter Mazzari’s task has not been made any easier with many of his first choice defenders out injured with Hugo Campagnaro, Javier Zanetti and Cristian Chivu all out injured prompting him to switch to 3 at the back.
On top of that, regular goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is suspended for the game meaning that club number two Juan Pablo Carrizo will start in goal for the home side.
Hellas Verona have shocked many in Serie A this season as the newly promoted side have won their last three games and only lost twice all season seeing them skyrocket to fourth in the standings.
Much of this good form has been attributed to their attacking prowess with midfielder Jorginho netting five times already this season and given ample support by former Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni and winger Juan Iturbe who is on loan from Porto.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Verona will be without just two players as Ezequiel Cirigliano and Daniele Ragatzu are injured and won’t recover in time for the trip to the San Siro.
Further down the table, Sampdoria will be looking to stop their poor run of form with a win against Atalanta in Genoa on Saturday night.
Sampdoria’s form has been poor this season and they find themselves stuck in 16th lying just 2 points above the relegation zone.
Lucky for them, the Blucerchiati will have virtually the same squad that picked up their first win of the season last weekend against Livorno although Gianluca Sansone is considered a doubt for tonight’s clash.
Atalanta will no doubt be looking to keep their good form with the Bergamo side on a three game winning streak and have climbed to 7th in the table.
Ahead of the game, Atalanta will be without Stefano Lucchini and Giacomo Bonaventura who both suffered muscle strains in last weekend’s win against Lazio and will be out for the next three weeks.
Knowing that the likes of Atalanta are hot on their trail, Inter know that they will need to beat Hellas Verona if they won’t to avoid getting swallowed up by the mid-table sides.