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Inter predicted lineup vs Hellas Verona - Serie A

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Simone Inzaghi has earned 13 of a possible 18 Serie A points in his managerial meetings with Hellas Verona
Simone Inzaghi has earned 13 of a possible 18 Serie A points in his managerial meetings with Hellas Verona / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages
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The reigning Scudetto holders Inter welcome Hellas Verona to San Siro in Serie A on Saturday evening.

The American writer James Baldwin infamously espoused: "the most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose." Verona's manager Igor Tudor insists his side fall into that category - sitting comfortably in mid-table - while Inter's title hopes hang in the balance every match.

Here's the XI Simone Inzaghi may deploy to earn a win which ensures they still have something left to lose.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Alessandro Bastoni
Alessandro Bastoni has won all four of his career games against Hellas Verona / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Samir Handanovic (GK) - According to Opta's expected goals on target (xGOT) model, Inter's veteran shot-stopper has prevented between five and six goals more than the average keeper, the highest such figure in Serie A this season.

Danilo D'Ambrosio (CB) - Seamlessly slotting into Inter's rearguard, D'Ambrosio's past as a full-back offers him a greater comfort when shifting up the pitch during the team's flexible building-up from the back.

Milan Skriniar (CB) - The no-nonsense Slovakia international hasn't missed a single Serie A game at San Siro all season.

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) - Verona are the only club Bastoni has a 100% record against having faced them more than three times.

2. Midfielders & wingbacks

Nicolo Barella
Nicolo Barella has created a division-high nine Serie A goals this season, including one against Verona already / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

Denzel Dumfries (RWB) - No defender in Serie A has recorded a higher expected assist (xA) per 90 figure than Inter's summer arrival (per Opta).

Nicolo Barella (CM) - One of 14 players to have featured for Inter in Serie A this season that wasn't alive the last time Verona beat the Nerazzurri in Italy's top flight.

Marcelo Brozovic (CM) - Despite some shaky moments in transition, Brozovic marked his return from injury with a display in the Derby d'Italia laced with the control and composure Inter lack in his absence.

Hakan Calhanoglu (CM) - At the second time of asking, Calhanoglu broke his goal drought in highly controversial circumstances against Juve last weekend, preparing for the visit of a side he has scored twice against in the past.

Ivan Perisic (LWB) - Talks have reportedly begun between Perisic's people and the club over a much-deserved contract extension.

3. Forwards

Edin Dzeko, Lautaro Martinez
Between them, Lautaro Martinez (left) and Edin Dzeko has scored 41% of Inter's Serie A goals this season (26 of 63) / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Lautaro Martinez (ST) - Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is the only Serie A player to have missed more penalties than Inter's dubious designated taker this season.

Edin Dzeko (ST) - Only Juve's Dusan Vlahovic and Dzeko's upcoming opponent Gianluca Caprari have been involved in more open play sequences that end in a shot than the evergreen Edin (130 per Opta).


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