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Inter predicted lineup vs Bologna - Serie A

Craig Vickers
Inzaghi on the touchline
Inzaghi on the touchline / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages
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Inter resume their Serie A campaign on Thursday, looking to strengthen their grip on top spot with victory at Bologna.

Simone Inzaghi's side were victorious in their last seven Serie A games before the winter break, and sit four points clear of city rivals Milan.

The Nerazzurri kept six clean sheets in those seven successive victories and arguably look a stronger, more cohesive unit than the side Antonio Conte led to the title last season.

Here's how they could line up at the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Milan Skriniar
Skriniar on the ball / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Samir Handanovic (GK) - The veteran Slovenian stopper looked back to his best before the break, having endured a rocky start to the season. The pressure is on with Andre Onana's arrival from Ajax set to be confirmed.

Milan Skriniar (CB) - Still only 26, Skriniar is as comfortable on the ball as they come and never afraid to put his body on the line.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) - The leader at the heart of the Inter backline, De Vrij is the one who sets the example.

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) - The junior figure in Inter's defence, 22-year-old Bastoni is already a classy operator.


2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Denzel Dumfries
Dumfries applauds the Inter fans / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Denzel Dumfries (RWB) - Has made the right wing-back position his own with a number of superb performances. A real goal threat.

Nicolo Barella (CM) - Rested for the win over Torino prior to the winter hiatus, Barella is certain to slot back in if fit.

Marcelo Brozovic (CM) - Anyone in search of a masterclass in how to play the No.6 position? Just watch the Croatian each week.

Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) - After some initial scepticism over his arrival from rivals Milan, Calhanoglu is shining brightly in blue and black.

Ivan Perisic (LWB) - Great in 1v1 situations and gives Inter greater attacking thrust on the left-hand side.


3. Forwards

Alexis Sánchez
Sanchez is likely to replace Dzeko / Ivan Romano/GettyImages

Alexis Sanchez (ST) - The absence of Edin Dzeko should afford Sanchez the opportunity to prove he's still got it.

Lautaro Martinez (ST) - Inter's leading light seems to complement whoever he plays with up front. One of the best in Serie A.


Read 90min's preview of Bologna vs Inter here.

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