Inter v Torino – Preview: Nerazzurri focused on extending Granata suffering

Published on: 02 April 2016

With eyes still firmly set on Champions League qualification, Inter will be demanding victory when they host an out-of-form Torino side on Sunday evening.

Currently sitting fifth in Serie A with a total of 55 points, the Nerazzurri lie five points below third-placed Roma, with Fiorentina currently ahead on goal-difference.

Following two wins and a positive display against the Giallorossi in round 30, the Biscione will  continue to focus on maximising their points return in the pursuit of Europe’s top European competition.

Making the short trip to Milan, Torino have endured a poor run of form of late and remain winless in their last five Serie A outings, with just one victory in 11 matches.

While sitting in thirteenth position, the Granata stand just five points clear of the relegation zone and if their form continues could soon find themselves in a relegation battle.

Inter took the three points in this season’s earlier clash between the two teams in Turin, winning 1-0 thanks to a Geoffrey Kondogbia goal.

In last season’s corresponding fixture, Torino surprised the home fans when Emiliano Moretti scored an injury-time winner for a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Incredibly, before that fixture, Il Toro had not beaten the Nerazzurri since February 1994.

Roberto Mancini looks set to welcome back lead striker Mauro Icardi who missed the crucial Roma clash after picking up a knee injury against Bologna.

With Rodrigo Palacio also returning to the squad having served a one-game suspension, the two Argentinians provide the 51-year-old coach with a full squad to choose from.

However, Giampiero Ventura will have to prepare his team without striker Ciro Immobile, who faces a number of weeks on the sidelines due to a thigh injury sustained during the Turin derby against Juventus.

The Granata will also be without their ever-present figure in central defence, Kamil Glik, who will serve a one game suspension.

Dependant on the result of the Roman derby, an Inter win could move them just two points away from the Giallorossi in third position.

Meanwhile, a win for Torino could move them as high as tenth but a loss can potentially leave them as close as two points from the relegation zone.

Form Guide: Inter (W-L-W-W-D) Torino (L-D-W-L-L)

Expected Starting XIs

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, Murillo, Miranda, Nagatomo; Kondogbia, Medel; Brozovic, Eder, Icardi, Perisic.

Torino (3-5-2): Padelli; Maksimovic, Jansson, Moretti; Peres, Acquah, Gazzi, Baselli, Molinaro; Belotti, Maxi Lopez.

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