Inter Milan will look for a fresh start to their Serie A campaign when they restart things after the international break with a home game at San Siro against a relegation-threatened Torino. Inter are 7th in the standings ahead of the weekend games with 12 points from seven matches. They are already five points behind leaders AC Milan while a win separates them from top-two. Torino, on the other hand, are 17th with five points – same as that of the third from bottom Genoa.
Inter have struggled to close out games this season and that can be seen from their recent record before the break. Inter won just one of their last eight competitive matches – drawing five and losing two. Even in the league, Inter have won just one of their last five Serie A matches – drawing three – after starting the season with two straight wins. They have been in good scoring form nevertheless with 16 goals so far, which is the joint-third best tally this season. The record at home reads one win, draw and loss each with all three witnessing goals at both ends.
Torino picked up four points from their last two league matches and were beginning to revive their season. They started with four losses in their first five matches including three in the first three matchdays. Leaking defence is a major concern as Torino have already conceded 16 goals which is the third-worst tally at this stage. That said, Torino have conceded only one goal in their last two matches. Even on the road, Torino have picked up four points in their last two Serie A away matches. Furthermore, they have an impressive away record against Inter managing to avoid defeat in five of their last eight Serie A away head-to-heads.
Inter Milan will hope that the international break will change their fortunes as they have struggled to close out games before this break. Romelu Lukaku’s form will be crucial as the Belgian striker will look to add to his five season goals this year – almost a third of Inter’s league goals this campaign. Inter have kept only two clean sheets in ten competitive matches this season while failing to score in just one. Six of their seven Serie A home matches saw goals at both ends and that could be repeated here. Same with Torino who have seen both teams score in five of their seven Serie A games this campaign.