Inter Milan vs BolognaSerie A, KO: 17:00 Sep 18, 2021, San Siro
After stumbling slightly, Inter Milan will look to get their season back on track as they host Bologna in an Italian Serie A fixture at San Siro. Bologna have made a good start and are likely to cause the champions problems.
It has been a difficult week for Inter Milan after dropping their first points of the season and then suffering defeat in their opening fixture in the Champions League. They twice threw away the lead in a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo last time out in Serie A before losing 1-0 at home to Real Madrid.
Having been victorious in their opening two matches in Serie A, Inter Milan will be targeting a swift return to winning ways. The good news for manager Simone Inzaghi is his team is returning to the San Siro where they are currently on a 17-match winning run in Serie A.
Inter Milan's results at home are usually one-sided with a 4-0 victory over Verona in their opening fixture an evidence of their dominance at the San Siro. However, their recent defensive showings could be a worry after failing to hold on for the win against Sassuolo.
Bologna have been one of the better teams in Serie A this season as they are unbeaten after three matches. They claimed a 1-0 victory over Verona in their previous Serie A fixture with Matthias Svanberg getting the only goal.
While manager Sinisa Mihailovic will be pleased with his start to the season, he is also likely to be weary of a trip to the home of the champions. Bologna often struggle against the top teams in Serie A, although they have already held Atalanta to a 0-0 draw this season.
Another problem for Bologna is their record on the road having failed to secure a win in their last five away matches in Serie A, stretching back to last season.
How the bookies view it
Inter Milan's recent defensive problems could see them concede on Saturday but given their overall quality and with Lautaro Martinez playing well at the moment, a win for the champions is expected.
Head to head
Inter Milan have a 29-9 advantage with eight draws from 46 previous matches against Bologna. The champions did the double over Bologna last season with the fixture at the San Siro ending 3-1.
Players to watch
Lautaro Martinez has made a fine start to the season for Inter Milan with two goals in three appearances. The Argentine striker is priced at 11/10 by Skybet to once again find the net on Saturday.
Marko Arnautovic has led the line in all three matches for Bologna this season and is already off the mark. The Austrian forward could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 3/1 with betway.
Anything else catch the eye?
There has been BTTS in Inter Milan’s last two Serie A matches and that run can be tipped to continue at 11/14 with SBK. The champions have seen over 3.5 goals in all three Serie A matches this season and a similar outcome is priced at 17/12 by SBK.
Inter Milan are still expected to emerge victorious on Saturday and can be backed to earn a win and over 3.5 goals at 7/5 with bet365.
This Serie A match between Inter Milan and Bologna will be played on Sep 18, 2021 and kick off at 17:00. Check below for our tipsters best Inter Milan vs Bologna prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.