Frosinone - Inter Milan Preview: Two teams at opposite ends of the table do battle

As Inter are fighting for European football, Frosinone are fighting to stay in Serie A.

Frosinone - Inter Milan Preview: Two teams at opposite ends of the table do battle

Inter Milan visit Frosinone in Serie A this weekend, expected to win against a team struggling near the bottom of the table.

Inter Milan enter this fixture not on the best run, coming off a 2-1 loss at the San Siro against Torino. Frosinone are also coming into this fixture in poor form, losing to Genoa 4-0 last time out.

In saying this, both teams should be coming into this game with passion and fight. Inter fighting for that final European League spot or Champions League spot, and Frosinone, in the relegation zone know a victory here will help push them to eventual safety.

Mancini hasn't given up on Champions League dream

Roberto Mancini recently in his press conference sad that, “as for us, there are 21 points available so we can’t afford to drop". Mancini knows how vital each game is for him and also for the club; Inter cannot afford to drop points at this stage of the season. Mancini was optimistic, saying “as long as points can be played for, you can’t give up on the Champions League.”

Mancini continued on the Champions League, “If there is even a small hope we must think we can take it.” As he mentioned there is intent to still fight for the Champions League spot, but his men are eight points away from Roma in third.

The Inter boss will have to shuffle his squad as Miranda and Yuto Yagatomo are both suspended, with both Juan Jesus and Danilo D’ambrosio expected to take their places.

Frosinone sadly are sitting 19th, but just one point away from Capri in 17th, making this fixture a great chance to close the gap with seven games left in the season. Frosinone need to take advantage from Mancini’s unbalanced team, and if they do, one point or three will be ever so valuable to their survival. Frosinone last weekend were thumped by Genoa 4-0.  Meanwhile, Roberto Stellone will have to make do without striker Federico Donisi who is suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards, while Danilo Soddimo and Paolo Sammarco are unavailable through injury.

When they last met

The last fixture saw Mancini's men run 4-0 victors with Jeison Murillo scoring his first goal for Inter, and also Jonathan Biabany netting his only goal this season. 

Inter will be hoping to repeat this score line as they have not won an away game since January 6th. Since that game, Inter have only fetched three points from six games on the road.

Inter celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win (photo: fox)
Inter celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win (photo: fox)

Match facts

Frosinone have kept five clean sheets in their last six home league games.

Inter’s last away win came in January, three months ago.

Frosinone have conceded 37 goals in the second half of their games, more than any other Seria A side.

Possible XI

Frosinone (4-3-3)

Leali, M Ciofani, Ajeti, Blanchard, Pavolic, Gori, Gucher, Sammarco, Donisi, D Ciofani, Kragl.

Inter Milan (4-2-3-1)

Handanovic, Santon, Murillo, Juan Jesus, D’ambrosio, Brozovic, Medel, Ljajic, Palacio, Perisic, Icardi.