Thursday, November 14, 2019

Prediction: Inter Milan vs Chievo Verona

Verdict: Both teams to score – no

Best Odds: 16/25

Bookmaker: 888sport

Inter Milan have set their sights on clinching a Champions League berth next season, and they couldn’t have wished for a better opponent. They’ll take on a struggling Chievo side that already settled their fate to play in Serie B in the 2019/20 campaign. Kick-off for this match is slated at 20:00 hrs BST.

Inter Milan

Inter Milan keep trying to lock down a UEFA Champions League berth for the 2019/20 season. Luciano Spalletti’s men currently sit in fourth place in the standings with 63 points, but their fate is far from settled. With three games left in the tournament – counting this one – we can see Inter can return to third place with a win, but at the same time, they have AC Milan (62 points) and Torino (60) breathing down their neck. However, their recent form has not beeen very impressive. They might be undefeated in their last five league matches, but have won just once over that span (W1, D4) and have drawn their last three outings. Inter have also struggled a bit when playing at home, since they’ve gone winless in their last four matches at Giuseppe Meazza (D3, L1). Can they end that negative skid and secure three vital points when facing an already-relegated Chievo side?

Team News

Inter will be considerably depleted ahead of this match. Danilo D’Ambrosio and Marcelo Brozovic are suspended, while Sime Vrsaljko has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Plus, Matias Vecino and Stefan de Vrij are doubtful. Both are dealing with thigh injuries.

Chievo Verona

Chievo Verona do not have anything to play for in this match. The Verona-based side has been sitting near the bottom of the standings during much of the season, so the fact they’ve been relegated already shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has been following the Serie A even remotely. Chievo have struggled on both ends of the pitch, as they own both the worst attack (25 goals scored) and the worst defence (73 comceded) in the league this term. As if that wasn’t enough, the fact they started the season with -3 points wasn’t helpful but even if that wouldn’t have been the case, Chievo would still dead last in the standings. They’ve won just twice in 35 league matches this term (W2, D12, L21) and while their away record is also poor – W1, D6, L10 – they’re coming off a surprising 2-1 win over Lazio the last time they featured on the road. Can they pull another shocker when visiting a stronger – at least on paper – Inter side?

Team News

Assane Diousse is out due to a suspension. Meanwhile, Ezequiel Schellotto won’t play due to a knee injury.

There are no doubtful players for Chievo here.

Key Factors to Consider

  • All of Inter’s last five home matches have featured under 2.5 goals scored. Three of those have seen just one – or none – side scoring.
  • Inter are undefeated in their last five H2H meetings against Chievo (W3, D2). They’ve netted at least three times in two of those wins. And they have kept a clean sheet thrice over that span.
  • In fact, Inter have not lost in their last 15 home matches against Chievo in all competitions (W11, D4).
  • Chievo have scored over 1.5 goals in only six of their last 16 matches against Inter Milan.
  • Chievo have gone W1, D1, L3 in their last five Serie A away matches.

Conclusion

Inter are undoubtedly the better side here, and they should cruise their way towards an easy win. Considering Chievo are one of the worst away sides in the competition, I fully expect Inter to secure the three points while keeping a clean sheet in front of their fans.

Verdict: Both teams to score – no

Best Odds: 16/25

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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