Sportswizz previews and predicts the final group stage game of the Nerazzurri, where they host PSV at the San Siro.
It is an all-important clash for Internazionale. They must defeat PSV and hope that Tottenham drops points at the Camp Nou, to reach the Champions League pre-quarters stage. Having been in a winless run that extends to three matches, Inter would be desperate for a victory that would boost their morale.
Having succumbed to a 1–0 loss at the hands of Juventus, the San Siro outfit have won only one match in their last six games. That was against Frosinone, a comfortable 3–0 victory at home. Spalletti’s troops in the meantime have drawn 1–1 against Barca at home; lost convincingly to Atlanta, 4–1, away; won against the Canarini at home; again lost 1–0 to Spurs at Wembley while drawing 2–2 against Roma at their den. The latest loss at the Allianz Stadium at the hands of Bianconeri have further raised question marks on the team’s performance on the pitch.
The Boeren on the other hand are top of the Eredivisie with 42 points, two points ahead of Ajax. Having thrashed Excelsior 6–0 at home, the Dutch club would be looking to bow out of the continental tournament on a high by giving Inter a tough time.
PSV have had a topsy-turvy run of last six matches where they have won three while also losing the same number of matches. Since losing to Spurs 2–1 away, the Rood-witten demolished De Graafschap 4–1 away and Heerenveen 3–0 at home. The losses include a 1–2 scoreline against Barca at home and 1-2 away against Feyenoord. But, their recent demolition of Excelsior has given hope to their fans that they can upset Inter and march out of the Champions League with their heads held high.
Internazionale: Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko seems to be fit-again for an all-important final group match against PSV. Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, however, is still unfit. We expect Kwadwo Asamoah and Borja Valero to be the Inter engine-room in the midfield. This is considering Matias Vecino is injured and Roberto Gagliardini and Joao Mario being ineligible.
PSV Eindhoven: Aside from the long-term absentees Ryan Thomas and Matthias Verreth, there are no fresh injury concerns for PSV. Having rested Daniel Schwaab in their rout of Excelsior, the Dutch club would use him in place of Trent Sainsbury. We further expect Erick Gutierrez to be benched from the last match in place of Gaston Pereiro.
Internazionale possible starting line-up (4-3-3): Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, de Vrij, D’Ambrosio; Borja Valero, Brozovic, Asamoah; Politano, Icardi, Perisic
PSV Eindhoven possible starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Rosario, Hendrix; Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn; De Jong