Saturday, July 21, 2018

Prediction: Inter Milan vs Juventus

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: bet365

Sitting one point behind local rivals Roma and Lazio in third and fourth, Inter Milan will be looking to defeat leaders Juventus and keep their Champions League hopes alive. After the last-gasp defeat to title rivals Napoli, the Bianconeri’s advantage at the league summit has melted to just one point, and it remains to be seen how they will respond at Stadio San Siro.

Inter Milan

Early into the season, Inter Milan looked like serious title contenders, profiting from the absence of European distractions and they even spent a short period at the Serie A summit in December. However, the Nerazzurri ultimately failed to keep up with the impressive Juventus and Napoli, and they are now involved in a very exciting three-way race with Roma and Lazio for the final two Champions League berths.

Inter Milan have finally overcome a difficult period that saw them fail to score in three successive league fixtures, taking mere two points from games vs AC Milan, Torino and Atalanta. The Nerazzurri first hammered Cagliari at home before recording a hard-fought triumph over Chievo on the road and they head into the all-important clash with Juventus in very good spirits. Having held the Bianconeri to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in Turin, Inter Milan will be hoping for another positive result against the reigning champions.

Team News

Luciano Spalletti has no fresh injury worries, but talented midfielder Roberto Gagliardini remains unavailable for selection.

Juventus

Mere ten days ago, it looked as though Juventus will ease off to yet another Serie A trophy, but a lot has changed since and the Bianconeri are now under intense pressure, with Napoli sitting just one point behind. Max Allegri’s side first made the slip up against struggling Crotone, failing to hold on to a one-goal lead before they lost at home to title rivals Napoli as Kalidou Koulibaly scored the winner in the dying moments of the match.

However, that was nothing less than what the Azzurri deserved for a commanding performance, and it is clear that Juventus will have to show a great deal of improvement if they want to win the remaining four fixtures and defend the league trophy. Away fixtures against top 4 contenders Inter Milan and Roma are likely to prove the most difficult and the game at Stadio San Siro clearly comes at a bad time for out-of-form Bianconeri.

Team News

Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio, Stefano Sturaro and Mattia De Sciglio all miss out through injury, while Benedikt Howedes and Daniele Rugani are both expected to start.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Inter won last two home games vs Juventus
  • Both teams scored in just two of their last seven meetings
  • The Nerazzurri kept a clean sheet in last four home games in Serie A (W3 D1)
  • Juventus kept 8 clean sheets in last 11 matches on the road
  • Mauro Icardi scored almost half of Inter’s goals this season (26/56)

Conclusion

Both teams have been pretty solid at the back and given that a defeat could prove quite costly for either side, we don’t expect to see too many goals at Stadio San Siro. Chances are that both teams will play patiently, waiting for their chance to strike the final blow and our advice is to bet on under 2.5 goals.

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: bet365

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