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Prediction: Inter Milan vs Roma

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 22 Apr 2022

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Verdict: Over 1.5 goals

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a real showdown between two Italian giants this weekend, Inter Milan will welcome a high-flying Roma to the San Siro on Saturday evening.

Inter Milan

Starting with the hosts, while Inter Milan might have been disappointed to have played out back-to-back stalemates against Fiorentina and Torino when heading into March’s international break, they have really come roaring back. Last seen earlier in the week when laying down another marker, the Nerazzurri stormed their way to a 3-0 romp against bitter local rivals AC. Booking their spot in the final of this year’s Coppa Italia, Head Coach Simone Inzaghi should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Looking to claim a domestic double and defend their Serie A title this season, the one-time Lazio boss finds his side enjoying a four-match winning run across all formats. Gaining a reputation for their success in the final third, Inter will be calling on attacking talisman Lautaro Martinez to spearhead their charge. Including a brace on Coppa Italia duties in midweek, the 24-year-old has now racked up seven goals in as many appearances.

Team News

Despite limping off against AC earlier in the weekend, Alessandro Bastoni is expected to be given the green light to feature here.

However, midfielder Arturo Vidal is expected to once again miss out on Saturday evening.

Roma

As for the visitors, while Roma might have shown some inconsistencies under Jose Mourinho this season, it appears that the Giallorossi have found a welcomed run of form. Managing to snatch a last-gasp equalizer away at Napoli earlier in the week, the former Manchester United boss is desperate to secure another European finish this season. Booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s Conference League thanks to a second-leg 4-0 romp against Bodo-Glimt, Saturday’s guests have lost just one of their last 13 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to February 8th. Knowing that a shock victory at the San Siro this weekend could move them within touching distance of the top-four, Mourinho will be calling on England international Tammy Abraham to lead their charge. Continuing to impress since making the move from Premier League giants Chelsea, the 24-year-old has notched 15 Serie A strikes this season.

Team News

Nicolo Zaniolo will miss out at the San Siro here as he serves a one-match suspension.

Returning to Roma’s bench earlier in the month, Italian international Leonardo Spinazzola could be in for a start on Saturday evening.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Saturday’s opponents faced off back on February 8th, Inter Milan picked up a 2-0 victory on Coppa Italia duties.
    • Likewise, the defending Italian champions have won each of their last three meetings against Roma across all formats.
    • England international Tammy Abraham has racked up 15 Serie A goals since making the move from Chelsea last summer.
    • Likewise, Roma have lost just one of their previous 13 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to February 8th.
    • 12 of the previous 13 meetings between Inter Milan and Roma have finished with over 1.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    Two sides who should find the mood in their camp at a real high, we could be in for an enjoyable affair on Saturday evening. Storming their way to a stunning 3-0 romp against AC earlier in the week on Coppa Italia duties, Inter are in the midst of a four-match domestic winning run. Gaining a reputation for their performances in the final third, this weekend’s hosts will still know that they face a tough test here. Managing to snatch a last-gasp 1-1 draw away at Napoli last time out, Roma appear to be enjoying their own purple patch under Jose Mourinho. Losing just one of their previous 13 matchups across all formats, the Giallorossi are desperate to make a late charge for the Champions League spots. Likewise, it should be highlighted, with Saturday’s opponents seeing 12 of the previous 13 meetings finish with over 1.5 goals, we’re backing a similar outcome at the San Siro.

    Verdict: Over 1.5 goals

    Best Odds: 4/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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