Their fascinating Coppa Italia fixture on Wednesday sees Inter Milan do battle with Empoli.
All Inter Milan v Empoli match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Inter Milan go into this match following on from a 0-0 Serie A tied result vs Atalanta.
In that match, Inter Milan had 64% possession and 11 shots on goal with 3 on target. Atalanta had 12 shots at goal with 6 of them on target.
Their latest results shine a light on the fact that quality has been evident in the Inter Milan defence. Inter Milan have kept it tight, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their previous six outings standing at 2.
Previously, Empoli drew 1-1 in the Serie A tie with Venezia.
In that game, Empoli had 51% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Empoli was Szymon Żurkowski (26'). For their opponents, Venezia had 14 shots on goal with 3 on target. David Okereke (73') was the scorer for Venezia.
Empoli have attacked well leading up to this encounter, scoring 12 goals in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that Empoli have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same games. Putting that to one side, it remains to be seen if that pattern shall persist here in this match or not.
Head to head
Checking on past results between these clubs stretching back to 07/05/2016 shows that these encounters have been a source of anguish for Empoli. They have not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever while Inter Milan have been too good for them, finishing as winners in 100 per cent of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined sum of 13 goals were scored between them in this period, with 11 of them from Nerazzurri and 2 belonging to Azzurri. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The previous league clash featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 10 on 27/10/2021 and the score finished Empoli 0-2 Inter Milan.
In that match, Empoli had 31% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
On the other side, Inter Milan got 21 shots at goal with 9 on target. Danilo D'Ambrosio (34') and Federico Dimarco (66') scored.
The referee was Daniele Chiffi.
Team News: Inter Milan
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just one fitness concern for the Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi to be concerned with due to a largely intact group of players. Gabriel Brazão (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will miss out.
Team News: Empoli
Empoli manager Aurelio Andreazzoli has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Tommaso Baldanzi (Ankle Injury), Fabiano Parisi (Muscular problems), Nicolas Haas (Torn Knee Ligament), Emmanuel Ekong (Unknown Injury), Sebastiano Luperto (Unknown Injury) and Federico Di Francesco (Muscle Injury) can’t be considered.
Our assessment is that Inter Milan will probably be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
However, Empoli will not find it easy to make a breakthrough but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be being dangerous at times, too.
We can therefore see a comfortable 3-1 winning margin for Inter Milan by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (75,923)
Captain: Samir Handanovič
Chairman: Steven Zhang
Manager: Simone Inzaghi
Competitions: Serie A position 1, Coppa Italia (3rd Round), Supercoppa (Final), Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Star Player: Lautaro Martínez
Customarily played in the Striker position, Lautaro Martínez was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. After making a first senior appearance for Racing Club in the 2015 season, the talented Forward has struck 11 league goals in this Serie A 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 18 appearances.