The Serie A season is back! The Campioni D’ Italia are back! The title defense starts now!
It’s Inter vs Genoa for matchday 1 at the Giuseppe Meazza this Saturday. Inter will begin their title defense under a new coach and a semi-new attacking duo.
Simone Inzaghi is at the helm for Inter while Dzeko has replaced Romelu Lukaku as Inter’s no. 9. This summer Mercato was not all rainbows and butterflies for Inter. However, optimism, confidence, and faith is there.
During the preseason games, we saw a new-look Inter with brand new tactics, playing a new style of football. Inzaghi ball was put on display and pundits around the world have praised Inter for what they can achieve under Inzaghi this season.
Inter’s preseason record is stellar, with four in four wins against Lugano (2-2, 4-3 on penalties), Crotone (6-0), Parma (2-0), and Dynamo Kyiv (3-0).
Genoa also coming off a win against Perugia for the first round of Coppa Italia.
Genoa will be the usual mid-table suspects this season as they have not made any strides in the off-season. They are in contact with multiple teams to bring in some players on loan including Eddie Salcido from Inter.
Statistics & Encounters
Inter holds a jaw-dropping advantage over Genoa in a head-to-head comparison. Inter has won their last six games against Genoa, scoring 21 goals and conceding none in the process.
Suspensions, Injuries & Team News
Inter will be without Luataro Martinez as he serves his one-match suspension. Inter’s new hitman Edin Dzeko will lead the front line for Inter.
Alexis Sanchez and Roberto Gagliardini will miss this fixture due to their injuries.
No injuries have been reported for Genoa.
Inter (3-4-2-1): Samir Handanovic, Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni, Denzel Dumfries, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Nicolo Barella, Ivan Perisic, Stefano Sensi, Edin Dzeko
Genoa (3-5-2): Salvatore Sirigu, Zinho Vanheusden, Davide Biraschi, Domenico Criscito, Stefano Sabelli, Stefano Sturaro, Milan Badelj, Hernani, Lennart Czyborra, Mattia Destro, Goran Pandev