After a heart-wrenching loss to title contenders and city rivals Milan, Inter vs Roma will mark the return of former Nerazzurri Talisman Jose Mourinho as Roma manager. As Coppa Italia boils down to the business end of the fixtures, Inzaghi has a task on his hands. After shoddy substitutions against Milan in the Derby, Inzaghi must pick the right team to play Roma. With games against Napoli and Liverpool to follow, Inter have a tough task to keep their pre-Derby form intact.
With three wins and a draw in their last four fixtures, Roma are in red hot form leading up to this game. Subsequently, it should not come as a surprise if Inter manage to return to form in this game. The Nerazzurri are known to have slow starts after International Breaks. And a Coppa Italia tie against their former manager is the perfect occasion to spring back to winning ways.
Statistics and Encounters
Inter and Roma have played the most number of Coppa Italia fixtures in the recent past. Despite a somewhat shared record in the cup competition, Inter have dominated Roma in their last three fixtures. Inter have put eight goals past the Roma defence in these three games, winning two and drawing one.
Inter’s form: L-W-D-W-W
Roma’s form: D-W-W-W-L
Inter will take the pitch against Roma with a pinch of self-doubt. After registering only their second loss of the domestic campaign, the Nerazzurri will be eager to get back on winning ways.
Roma seem to have found the right tune with Mourinho after a spring in the form lately. But as per Chiesa di Totti, an expensive draw against Genoa on the weekend might have brought the Giallorossi hopes of making it to the top four back to the ground. They’re still miles away from being favourites against the likes of Inter.
Suspension, Injuries and Team News of Inter vs Roma
Joaquin Correa and Robin Gosens will miss another game with Hamstring Injuries. Also, winter signing Felipe Caicedo will miss the game due to Muscle Fatigue. Also, Expect a few regulars to be rested for the weekend showdown against Napoli. Subsequently, in-form Alexis Sanchez can get a go-ahead for this game.
Roma will miss the services of Leonardo Spinazzola due to Achilles Tendon Rupture. The Giallorossi will also miss Amadou Diawara who has been called up by his National Team.
Inter vs Roma: Probable Lineups
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic(C), Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni, Darmian, Barella, Vidal, Calhanoglu, Dimarco, Sanchez, Martinez
Roma (3-4-1-2): Patricio, Manchini, Smalling, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Oliveira, Cristante, Vina, Pellegrini(C), Zaniolo, Abraham