Italian champions Inter Milan are favourites ahead of their league clash with Empoli on Friday night. Inter Milan can’t afford more dropped points as they chase leaders AC Milan ahead of the final three league games of the season for all the teams in the Italian Serie A. The Nerazzuri trail their city rivals by two points ahead of the latest set of games in the Italian top flight.

An home win for Inter Milan over Empoli will see them overtake AC Milan by two points before the Rossoneri travel to Verona to take on Hellas Verona later in the weekend.

Inter Milan will be without the services of defender Alessandro Bastoni due to injury and his spot could be taken by Federico Dimarco or Danilo Ambrosio with one of Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa to line up alongside Lautaro Martinez in the Inter Milan attack. Argentine striker Lautaro has been the form man in the Nerazzuri attack with four goals in the last four games.

Empoli have a very poor record against Inter Milan ahead of their game on Friday as they have lost the last eight meetings and are without a win against the Italian champions in 13 meetings. There has been no draws between Inter Milan and Empoli at the San Siro in the Italian Serie A in 13 meetings (12 wins for Inter Milan and one win for Empoli). Inter Milan have a perfect record of five wins from five matches against newly promoted teams this season.

Empoli will be missing the services of several players including Valerio Verre and Petar Stojanovic who are suspended, while the likes of Lorenzo Tonelli, Riccardo Marchizza and Nicolas Haas are injured. Empoli striker Andrea Pinamonti is having a very good season after producing the best goalscoring season. The Italian striker is on loan at Empoli from Inter Milan and he has said he won’t celebrate if he scores against Inter Milan.