Inter Milan travel to Fiorentina in what is a huge clash at the top of Serie A. Both sides will be desperate to pick up all three points to keep up the pace with the teams around them.
Kick-off time: 19:45
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi
Two top-four teams go head-to-head this weekend in a game which will have big implications in the title race and battle for Champions League qualification.
Inter Milan sit second in the league, one point and one place behind leaders Juventus with a game in hand. A victory would see them leapfrog their rivals, and extend the gap to third place AC Milan to nine points. Fiorentina have also enjoyed a good season so far, currently occupying the fourth and final Champions League place. It will be a tough task to catch up to the top three as they sit 11 points behind, but fourth place is up for grabs. Just three points separate Fiorentina in fourth and Napoli in ninth.
Simone Inzaghi’s side have by far the league’s best attack, scoring 49 goals in 20 games. They also boast the most stubborn defence, only conceding 10 so far. This is in large part thanks so the sensational form of striker Lautaro Martinez, who has found the back of the net 18 times in the league. He has 20 in all competitions. This puts him way out in front of the goal-scoring charts, with Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic the closest with 11. Inter winger Hakan Çalhanoglu is also in the top five with nine goals.
Nicolas Gonzales and Giacomo Bonaventura have scored six goals apiece for Fiorentina, and head coach Vincenzo Italiano will be looking to the pair to help break down the league’s toughest defence.
In 30 meetings, Inter have dominated, winning 17 and losing just seven. The reverse fixture earlier this season saw them thrash their opponents 4-0 at home, with goals from Thuram and Çalhanoglu adding to a Martinez brace. Since 2020, Fiorentina have won just one matchup, which came towards the end of last season.