Inter Milan and Spezia, who both won on the first day of the new Serie A season, face off at San Siro on Saturday night in an effort to keep their perfect starts going.
In contrast to the hosts, who are looking to improve upon their runners-up record from the previous season, the Ligurian team prevailed at home to begin the club’s third top-flight campaign.
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Inter started their quest to win back the Scudetto with a victory last weekend, as substitute Denzel Dumfries scored in stoppage time to follow up Romelu Lukaku’s second-minute goal. It may have taken them until the very last kick of the game to get there. At Stadio Via del Mare in Lecce, the Nerazzurri dominated vast portions of the game in between, thus Simone Inzaghi was justifiably relieved to receive a well-deserved three points at the end of the game.
After coming in second place to Milan in May, Inter moved fast to re-sign Lukaku, and the Belgian forward has already reignited his effective front-row connection with Lautaro Martinez. The man who was once adored by the Nerazzurri faithful, however, will this week have to face the supporters he abandoned soon after winning the Scudetto in 2021 when he steps out at San Siro, where Inter has only dropped two of their last 36 league games.
Since the conclusion of the previous campaign, Inzaghi’s team has also won nine of their previous ten games in Serie A. Despite the fact that the one loss during that run practically cost them the championship, their record versus Saturday’s opponents is outstanding.
In their six previous meetings with Spezia in either Serie A or the Coppa Italia, Inter is undefeated, with five victories and one draw. During those matches, they have scored 16 goals and given up only four.
In their matches against their second opponents of the new Serie A season, Spezia have lived up to their role as underdogs. However, they arrive in Milan level on points with their more venerable rivals – even though that tally stands at a modest three.
With a victory over Empoli on Sunday, Luca Gotti’s team successfully opened the 2022–23 season. M’Bala Nzola finally ended a protracted goalless streak in the Italian top division.
At Stadio Alberto Picco, the Angolan forward’s goal in the first half settled a closely contested match. Gotti will have been relieved to defeat a potential relegation rival on his first day in the Spezia dugout.
The Ligurian team will aim for mid-table security this season after securing a third consecutive season in Serie A last year, where they rose for the first time in 2020.
The fact that Spezia beat Como in the Coppa Italia first round earlier this month is encouraging in that sense, but now the Aquilotti face one of the toughest tests in Calcio.
Even though it was difficult to secure last week’s victory, Inter have been nearly unbeatable at home in recent years and are unlikely to falter against such humble opponents as Spezia. Over their last six games, including preseason, the Nerazzurri have scored an average of two goals per game, demonstrating their scary offensive potential.