Inter Milan Yet to Concede a Goal
In a rematch of the 2023 Coppa Italia final, Inter Milan will host Fiorentina in a Serie A contest on Sunday. Defending Coppa Italia champions Inter Milan have gotten off to a superb start, with two wins from two Serie A games. The Nerazzurri haven’t conceded a goal yet, but a dangerous Viola side, who are also unbeaten, will hope to change that. As the Viola head to Milan, we’ll take a closer look at the Inter Milan vs Fiorentina odds and preview this Serie A Matchday 3 game.
In May’s Coppa Italia final, Fiorentina got off to a dream start. Nico Gonzalez scored three minutes in, but Lautaro Martinez erased the Viola’s lead. Martinez completed his brace to power Inter Milan to a 2-1 win. In both Serie A matches last season, the road team came away with all three points.
Inter has lost just one of the last 15 meetings between these two sides in all competitions. Martinez has also scored four goals in his previous two starts vs. Fiorentina.
Inter Milan Bring in More Players
It’s hard to find fault with Inter Milan’s start to the 2023-24 season. Simone Inzaghi’s men have won both of their matches on their Serie A schedule by 2-0 scorelines. New keeper Yann Sommer has kept two clean sheets, and Lautaro Martinez has excelled up top. Martinez, who is the Nerazzurri’s new captain, found the net twice in Inter’s opener vs. Monza.
Martinez also scored the second goal in the recent 2-0 win over Cagliari. While forward Marko Arnautovic made his debut for Inter in that match as a substitute, Inter have signed two more players this week. First, they brought back Alexis Sanchez, who previously played for Inter from 2020 to 2022, on a free transfer. Then, Inter decided to sign Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard. Inter seem to have quite a complete team as they look to challenge in both Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.
For Sunday’s match, the Inter Milan vs Fiorentina odds price the Nerazzurri as -145 home favorites. Bettors should know that Inter’s wingbacks play an outsized role in coach Simone Inzaghi’s game plan. Last weekend, right wingback Denzel Dumfries scored Inter’s first goal, and left wingback Federico Dimarco assisted on Martinez’s goal. It’ll be interesting to see whether Pavard plays as a right wingback or center-back under Inzaghi.
Short Rest for Fiorentina
Fiorentina will be on just two days of rest for this match. They took on Rapid Vienna in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday. The Viola entered the fixture down 1-0, but two goals from Nico Gonzalez overturned the deficit. Now, Fiorentina will participate in the Conference League group stage for a second straight season.
So far in Serie A, Fiorentina have managed a win and a draw and disappointingly blew a two-goal lead last weekend. With goals from Gonzalez and Alfred Duncan, Fiorentina went up 2-0 vs. Lecce in the second half. However, they conceded twice to the visitors in the second half and had to settle for a draw. Currently, Fiorentina are in fifth place in the Serie A standings.
The Viola haven’t finished above seventh since the 2015-16 season but have qualified for the Conference League in the last two campaigns. Last season, Fiorentina managed to reach both the Conference League and Coppa Italia finals but ended up losing in both. Arthur Cabral, leading goalscorer from last season, also joined Benfica on a permanent deal in the offseason. Fiorentina brought M’Bala Nzola and Lucas Beltran to replace him, but neither have gotten on the scoresheet yet.
Match Analysis & Odds
Last season’s meeting between Inter Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro finished 1-0 in favor of the Viola. With six goals through their first two Serie A matches, Fiorentina will certainly feel confident of getting on the scoresheet. However, they’ve conceded in both of their matches and allowed Lecce back into the game last weekend.
With the Nerazzurri thinking about winning the Scudetto this season, the Inter Milan vs Fiorentina odds price Inter Milan as -155 moneyline favorites on Matchday 3. Inter -1 displays +110 odds, while Fiorentina -1 sits at -130 odds. Recent meetings between the two sides have been quite close, with multi-goal margin victories the exception rather than the norm.
Inter hasn’t conceded a goal yet this season, but over 2.5 goals still show -125 odds for Sunday’s match. Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Fiorentina’s Nico Gonzalez have been in excellent goal-scoring form, though, and the pair are Argentina teammates. Fiorentina heads to Milan as +400 underdogs, while a draw is priced at +310.