Inter vs Bologna: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Max Parsons
Simone Inzaghi will be looking for his side to bounce back from defeat to Real Madrid in midweek
Simone Inzaghi will be looking for his side to bounce back from defeat to Real Madrid in midweek / Insidefoto/Getty Images

Inter resume Serie A duties on Saturday evening as they host Bologna at the San Siro.

I Nerazzurri come into this tie having endured their first defeat of the season in midweek - coming in their Champions League opener at home to Real Madrid. That 1-0 loss, however, came after a solid start to the campaign, having won two and drawn one in their three opening Serie A fixtures.

Simone Inzaghi's side sit fourth in the table, and face sixth-placed Bologna at the weekend. I Rossoblu have started the season in fine form, also winning two and drawing one in the league, although sit outside of the European places on goal difference.

Here's 90min's preview of the clash.

How to watch Inter vs Bologna on TV

Inter v Real Madrid: Group D - UEFA Champions League
The iconic San Siro will host the fixture / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

When is kick off? Saturday 18 September, 17:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? San Siro, Milan
What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 3 (UK), fuboTV (US)
Who's the referee? Giovanni Ayroldi
Who's on VAR duty? Marco Guida

Inter team news

Inzaghi may make a couple of changes to his starting lineup following their midweek Champions League action, although he has just one enforced absentee to contend with. Midfielder Stefano Sensi will be sidelined, as his injury woes continue.

Central defender Alessandro Bastoni was passed fit to feature against Real Madrid and, following a very solid display, is likely to retain his place in Inter's back three alongside Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij.

Alessandro Bastoni
Alessandro Bastoni returned against Real Madrid and played well / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Bologna team news

Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic will have to make do without midfielders Jerdy Schouten and Kingsley Michael. Deputising midfielder Mattias Svanberg scored the only goal of the match as Bologna beat Verona 1-0 on Monday, and should be in line for another start in Milan.

We should also see Marko Arnautovic as a lone striker for the visitors, while former Cardiff man Gary Medel will feature at the heart of the back line.

Inter vs Bologna predicted lineups

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Martinez, Dzeko.

Bologna: Skorupski; De Silvestri, Medel, Bonifazi, Hickey; Svanberg, Dominguez; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Arnautovic.

Inter vs Bologna prediction

This has an Inter win written all over it but, considering Bologna's strong start to the campaign, the visitors are not to be written off.

Mihajlovic's side aren't the most prolific, but their defensive solidity - having only conceded twice so far this season - make them a tough outfit to play against. The pace they possess out wide and the unpredictable, yet sometimes brilliant, Arnautovic up top will always represent a threat to their opposition, as well.

Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic in action for Bologna / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

However, Inzaghi will fully expect his men to come away with three points. Given the sheer quality in the squad, Inter will go into just about every game as favourites and, should they retain the title this year, these are the sorts of games that should provide few problems winning.

While the loss of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi may hit them as time goes on, I Nerazzurri still contain plenty of dynamism in their squad. Unfortunately, that may just be too much for Bologna to contend with on the day.

Prediction: Inter 2-0 Bologna