NEWS
Sunday May 26 2019
Probable line-ups: Inter-Empoli

Inter are expected to start Matteo Politano, Stefan de Vrij and Mauro Icardi in the showdown with relegation-threatened Empoli.

It kicks off at San Siro at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

This is the most important game in the final round of the season, as it is where the battles for Champions League places and Serie A safety intersect.

Inter need a victory to be sure of a top four finish, although if Atalanta beat Sassuolo then it’ll only be enough for fourth due to an inferior head-to-head record.

Empoli know a win, or at least matching Genoa’s result with Fiorentina, will ensure they avoid relegation.

Luciano Spalletti has a full squad to choose from, as De Vrij has recovered from an injury that saw him miss games against Chievo and Napoli.

Matias Vecino is expected to step in for Roberto Gagliardini in midfield, with Politano also shaking off a knock to accompany Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic.

Icardi is currently the favourite to lead the attack, but do not rule out Lautaro Martinez from taking his place.

Empoli have not been able to get Rade Krunic fit in time, so he is out of action along with Luca Antonelli, Antonino La Gumina, Kevin Diks and Lorenzo Polvani.

Domenico Maietta is the favourite to start in defence rather than Frederic Veseli, with Marko Pajac and Giovanni Di Lorenzo as wing-backs.

Afriyie Acquah, who scored in last week’s 4-1 win over Torino, is again in midfield to replace injured Krunic.

Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo kept his training regime to a minimum over the last week to ensure he did not strain his muscles and is therefore able to start alongside Diego Farias.

Probable line-ups

Inter: Handanovic; D'Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi

Inter bench: Padelli, Berni, Miranda, Ranocchia, Cedric, Dalbert, Gagliardini, Borja Valero, Joao Mario, Candreva, Keita Balde, Martinez

Empoli: Dragowski; Maietta, Silvestre, Dell'Orco; Di Lorenzo, Acquah, Bennacer, Traoré, Pajac; Caputo, Farias

Empoli bench: Provedel, Perucchini, Rasmussen, Nikolau, Veseli, Pasqual, Capezzi, Brighi, Salih Uçan, Oberlin, Mchedlidze

Ref: Banti