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The Serie A TIM fixture, U.S. Sassuolo Calcio vs. Inter Milan, kicks off at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Matchday 7, Saturday, October 2, at Mapei Stadium.
Preview Sassuolo Serie A, Oct 2, 2021
Preview Sassuolo defeated Serie A newcomers Salernitana by a lone goal on home turf last weekend on Matchday 6. An unmarked Domenico Berardi (54') scored the game's only goal through a fine header and separated both sides, leaving Sassuolo with their second win of the season and the first in five games: DLLLW. Sassuolo are in 12th place, having picked up 7 points after 2W, 1D, & 3L. The club will be in the run for at least a point against the Italian champions on Saturday. An average of 1 goal per game may not be enough to do any damage to the visitors, but Alessio Dionisi will be counting on the individual qualities among the crop when he lines up the 4—2—3—1 formation. Jérémie Boga and Domenico Berardi will likely form part of the trio behind Giacomo Raspadori in attack. Berardi has contributed to Sassuolo's 10 goals in his last 10 Italian top-flight meetings against an opposition in the top-three (7G, 3A). He will be looking to extend the record on Saturday. On Matchday 6, Jérémie Boga ranked 4th in Serie A's top dribbling chart, having succeeded five times. The 24-year-old aims to add to his tally of 2 assists while working his way into pockets of space in Inter's backline. On availability, Nicolás Schiappacasse is ruled out alongside Filippo Romagna, while an unspecified injury keeps Jeremy Toljan in the shadows of doubt for this fixture.
Preview Inter Serie A, Oct 2, 2021
Preview Following a barren draw against Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter return to Serie A action after Tuesday's UEFA Champions League fixture. On Matchday 6, the Serie A champions picked up a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the four-goal thriller against Atalanta. An assist in the shape of a curling cross from Nicolo Barella was complemented by a remarkable volley from Lautaro Martinez to establish an Inter lead in the opening minutes. But an equally fantastic curler from Atalanta's Ruslan Malinovsky (30') restored parity at the half-hour mark. Three minutes later, Rafael Toloi (38') put Atalanta in front after tucking away the rebound from Malinovsky's effort. But Edin Dzeko (71') would have the last word. The 2-2 draw leaves Inter in 3rd place on the Serie A table, having picked up 14 points from 4W, 2D, & 0L, while having the domestic form: WDWWD. I Nerazzurri have 20 goals after six Serie A games. An average of 3.33 goals scored per game having conceded seven times (1.17 goals-per-match) this season which leaves the club with a G.D. of +13. Simone Inzaghi's 3—5—2 line-up could see Martinez and Dzeko in attack once again. Edin Dzeko has the highest positive difference between goals scored, 5, and goals expected, 2.4, in Italy's top-flight division this season – his first haul in six league games since 2017.