Inter Milan - Torino preview: Sides fighting for points at opposite end of table

Inter Milan are ready to begin their push for the last Champions League spot whilst Torino look to regain form to fight off relegation threat

Inter Milan - Torino preview: Sides fighting for points at opposite end of table
Inter Milan vs Torino preview (image via:

Inter Milan's fall from the Scudetto race has forced them to pursue the last qualifying Champions League position, thus making their final eight fixtures vital games for Roberto Mancini's men. Torino, however, are on the other end of the spectrum, and losing this game will inch them ever closer to the relegation zone.

Inter enter the the game coming off a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma, whilst Torino suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss last time out to rivals Juventus in the Derby della Mole.  


This matchup has been largely dominated by Inter through the years, with their most recent victory coming earlier this season, back in November, when they picked up a 1-0 victory thanks to Geoffrey Kondogbia's first-half goal. 

Inter players celebrate Kondgobia's win in the fixture earlier this season at Torino (image via: gazzetaworld)

Torino have only won two of the previous 26 Serie A fixtures between these two sides since the 1993/94 season, which made their 1-0 victory at the San Siro last season a memorable one for them. 

Team news

Inter’s form during January put paid to any hopes of a league title, however, now 5th they head into this tie having won ten points from a possible 15 with the coming to life of a very dangerous partnership between Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic helping to propel the side level on points with fourth-placed Fiorentina.

There is some positive team news for the Nerazzurri following the international break, with captain Mauro Icardi returning to the squad alongside Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic and Rodrigo Palacio who are all back following suspension. 

Torino head to the San Siro on the back of just three wins from their previous 16 matches which has seen them pulled within five points of the relegation zone.

Giampiero Ventura will be without two of his star man at the San Siro, with Ciro Immobile out injured and Kamil Glik suspended, making their task even tougher. 

Key players

Mauro Icardi: Icardi, only 23 years-of-age has made 83 appearances for the Milan club scoring 43 goals in the process. This season however has been a poor one thus far for the Argentinian compared to 2014/15 where he shared the Capocannoniere with Luca Toni after scoring 22 goals. This match is pivotal for Icardi to turn his form around at the right time and when his team needs him the most.

Ivan Perisic: Perisic has really come to life over the past month, with the Croatian winger scoring in his last three Serie A fixtures, whilst also returning from the International break with two goals and an assist.

Probable line-ups

Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, Miranda, Murillo, Nagatomo; Medel, Kondogbia; Eder, Brozovic, Perisic; Icardi.

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