Internazionale face Olympique Lyonnais in their first International Champions Cup game in China on Monday. Inter have not had the most pulsating starts to pre-season, enduring a loss to Nurnberg and a draw against Schalke.
They avoided a loss in the latter courtesy of a formidable Jeison Murillo goal in a game that also featured Croatian winger Ivan Perisic who is widely speculated to be on his way to Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window.
Spalletti has struggled to bring in any real signings this summer, unlike opponents Lyon who have gained a handful of signatures, including that of Bertrand Traore, Marcelo and Mariano Diaz.
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The Ligue 1 side scored three goals in each of their last four matches of the season but, of course, they will now have to cope without star striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The 26-year-old, who has joined Premier League side Arsenal, scored four goals and notched an assist in his final two Ligue 1 games for the club.
They have, it would seem, adapted fairly well so far, recording victories against Celtic and Ajax since the coveted forward’s departure – it will be up to the likes of former Chelsea man Traore to try and bring in the goals in his stead.
Although Inter are the slight favourites to take the three points, I think Lyon’s new signings will come through to prove their worth and seal the win.
My money is on Bruno Genesio’s men at 2.69 with Sportsbet.io