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Match Preview: Inter vs Benevento – Probable Lineups, Key Stats, & Score Prediction

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Inter took care of business against crosstown rivals AC Milan in a terrific Derby Della Madonnina encounter earlier this week.

Now, Inter will welcome the newly-promoted Benevento at the San Siro as they push for the Serie A summit.

Inter failed to capitalize the opportunity to go on top of the table against Udinese. Meanwhile struggling Benevento will look to put an end to a three-game winless run in the league.

Statistics & Encounters

The sides have met only four times in history. Inter have come out on top on each of the 4 occasions.

Lautaro Martinez has scored seven goals in 13 appearances against newly-promoted teams, including his only hattrick in the competition, against Crotone.

Inter is in second place in the standings on 41 points with a record of twelve wins, 5 draws, and 2 defeats.

They have scored 45 goals (best attack in the league) and 23 conceded.

Inter Form Guide (all competitions): D-W-W-D-W

Benevento Form Guide (all competitions): L-W-L-L-D

Suspensions, Injuries, and Team News

Matias Vecino and D’Ambrosio will miss the clash due to injuries.

Luataro, Hakimi, and Bastoni will slide back into the starting XI after resting in the previous game.

Inter’s Barella and Brozovic must remain vigilant as they are 1 booking away from suspension.

Benevento’s Massimo Volta, Luca Antei, Gaetano Letizia and Gabriele Moncini will miss this game. Meanwhile, Marco Sau will serve the second game of his two-match ban.

Probable Line-Ups

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic, Bastoni, De Vrij, Skriniar, Young, Vidal, Brozovic, Barella, Hakimi, Lautaro, Lukaku.

Benevento (3-5-2): Montipo, Tuia, Kamil Glik, Federico Barba,  Tello, Artur Ionita, Nicolas Viola, Perparim Hetemaj, Riccardo Improta, Gianluca Lapadula, Gianluca Caprari.

Prediction

Inter: 3

Benevento: 0

Inter has far better quality overall in all areas as compared to Benevento’s. However, Inter’s tendency to not close out games against mid-table teams is worrisome.

Confidence is high with Inter and Conte will expect his side to put up a dominant effort against Benevento in their quest for the title.