After winning the Supercoppa Italiana against their city rivals Milan, the Nerazzurri return to Serie A for Inter vs Empoli. The Nerazzurri showed their quality in Saudi Arabia and completely outclassed Pioli’s Milan. So, they have picked up form in recent games and will be looking to cruise past Empoli at home. However, the visitors are unbeaten since the World Cup break and will have some confidence coming into this game.
The Nerazzurri beat their city rivals AC Milan comfortably for the first time in the finals, as they failed to do it in the last two attempts. Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez’s duo created problems for Milan with the support of the trio of Barella, Calhanoglu, and Mkhitaryan. Now Inter will have to remain consistent in Serie A if they wish to dethrone Napoli from the top. The form of Lautaro and Dzeko are the positives since the World Cup break, and Inter will hope they carry it for tonight’s game.
Inter vs Empoli: team news, tactics, and prediction
Dumfries is expected to replace Darmian, who played against Milan. The Dutch defender will provide more attacking prowess against Empoli, who will look to sit back. De Vrij could replace Acerbi as Inzaghi will look to rotate his squad because of the fixture congestion. The Nerazzurri will have to maintain their defensive structure against Empoli as they are threatening on the counter.
With only Napoli beating them in their last five games, Empoli will pose a tough competition to Inter. However, they will miss their talented midfielder Razvan Marin, as he will be serving his suspension. While, Satriano will look to impress his parent club and partner Caputo at the front.
The Nerazzurri’s recent form should help them to beat Empoli at home. However, they will have to work hard to unlock the visitor’s defense.
Inter Milan 2-1 Empoli.