Preview: Hellas Verona vs. Inter Milan

Preview: Hellas Verona vs. Inter MilanĀ 

After an impressive victory on the opening day, Serie A champions Inter Milan will be looking to claim their first away win of the new campaign when they travel to Hellas Verona on Friday night.

The hosts, meanwhile, are hoping to bounce back from defeat in their first league game against Sassuolo.

Simone Inzaghi got off to a winning start as Inter Milan head coach, as his new side cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory at home against Genoa last weekend.

The Scudetto holders did not take long to open their account, as an in-swinging corner from debutant Hakan Calhanoglu was headed in by Milan Skriniar in the sixth minute, before the Turkish playmaker scored one of his own just eight minutes later.

Second-half strikes from substitute Arturo Vidal and new recruit Edin Dzeko capped off a perfect start for the hosts in front of 27,000 jubilant supporters at the San Siro, with the Nerazzurri scoring at least four goals on the opening day for the third successive season.

That result means Inter have won 19 of their 25 matches in Serie A so far this calendar year, with only Premier League champions Manchester City (21) winning more games during this period across Europe’s top five leagues.

Inzaghi’s men now prepare for their first away game of the new season, and the Nerazzuri will be keen to continue their impressive run of form on the road. Inter lost just twice and had the joint-best defensive record away from home in Serie A last term, conceding on average only 0.89 goals per game.

Inter also have a remarkable record against Verona, winning 16 and drawing four of their last 20 league meetings against them.

Unlike Inzaghi, Eusebio Di Francesco’s first game in charge ended in defeat as his Hellas Verona side lost 3-2 at home against Sassuolo last weekend.

After Giacomo Raspadori broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 32nd minute, Verona captain Miguel Veloso was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time as he was deemed to have stamped on Filip Duricic.

Despite Mattia Zaccagni scoring a second-half brace, Veloso’s dismissal proved costly for the hosts as strikes from Duricic and Hamed Traore helped Sassuolo secure all three points on the road.

This defeat for Verona has extended an unwanted record of nine successive league matches at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi without a victory, their longest winless run at home in the competition since January 2016.

Verona’s next fixture will most likely prove to be even more of a challenge against Serie A holders Inter. The Gialloblu have failed to win any of their last 20 league matches against them, which is their longest run without a victory against a single top-flight opponent.

Since 2000, the Gialloblu have never lost both of their first two games in a Serie A campaign, however this run could come to an end on Friday.

Hellas Verona Serie A form:
L
Hellas Verona form (all competitions):
WL
Inter Milan Serie A form:
W

We say: Hellas Verona 0-3 Inter Milan
Everything points towards Inter Milan securing a routine victory on Friday, and Inzaghi’s men are not set to disappoint.

The Nerazzurri possess greater quality in every position and they should have no problems in claiming all three points.

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