Inter Milan continued their unbeaten start to the season with a routine win over Atalanta last weekend. They remain just two points off Napoli at the top of the table, which is far beyond what they would have expected from this campaign. Luciano Spalletti was brought over from Roma to return the Nerazzurri to the Champions League, but he could bring silverware back to the San Siro this term. Can they boost their title hopes with a victory over Cagliari this weekend?
The hosts have suddenly hit form in Serie A, having won three of their last four matches. However, wins over Benevento, Hellas Verona and Udinese aren’t likely to prepare them for this clash with the side in second place. Despite that form, Cagliari are still just six points above the drop, and their mixed form at home has to be a concern – given that their home record kept them in the division last season.
The problem for the hosts is that they’re playing at a temporary home, after moving out of the Sant’Elia at the end of last season. Since the start of this campaign they’ve lost half of their home games, and they’re yet to host any of the big guns. While the Sardinians seem to be doing enough against similar sized teams to stay in the league, we struggle to see them stopping Inter on Saturday night.
For starters, Inter have Mauro Icardi in fantastic form up front. The Argentine added another two goals to his tally on Sunday, securing a 2-0 win over Atalanta. The forward scored in a 5-1 victory for Inter at Cagliari last season, and he’s averaging a goal per game in Serie A so far this season. With Inter favourites for this one, we think Icardi can grab a goal in this clash.
Inter should be confident going forward, especially against a side who have conceded 20 goals so far this season. The visitors have averaged 1.92 goals per game this term, and they’ve scored at least twice in five of their last seven matches. They’ve been impressive in keeping pace with Napoli, and that should be evident against a poor Cagliari outfit. The Sardinians have already faced five of the top eight this season, conceding at least twice in all of those. With that in mind, we’re backing over 1.5 Inter goals here, especially with Icardi in fine form.