Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 2/3
In what is a standout meeting out in Italy this week, newly crowned champions Inter Milan will welcome Roma to the San Siro on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, wrapping up their first Serie A title in a decade with plenty of time to spare, Inter Milan have only continued on a real domestic romp this season. Despite opening the 2020/21 campaign with many wondering if Antonio Conte would be in charge at the San Siro, the former Chelsea boss has seen his high-flying squad romp their way to the title. Enjoying a party atmosphere in their camp, I Nerazzurri have shown no signs of taking their foot off the gas. Looking to end their year with a flurry, the Italian giants were last seen over the weekend when putting on another clinical display. Watching former Arsenal and Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez bag himself a brace, Inter stormed their way to a thumping 5-1 romp against Sampdoria on home soil. In fact, winning each of their last three Serie A matchups by an aggregate score of 8-1, Wednesday’s hosts are enjoying a 16-match unbeaten run across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to February 2nd.
Inter Milan have confirmed that Aleksandar Kolarov and Arturo Vidal are still dealing with injury issues and will not feature in midweek.
Given a break over the weekend, leading marksman Romelu Lukaku is in line for a recall on Wednesday night.
As for the visitors, enduring what was a nightmare run of form when heading into May, Roma will be desperately hoping that they are out of the woods. With it all but confirmed they will miss out on European football for next season, I Giallorossi’s recent boost over the past week wasn’t enough to save Paulo Fonseca’s job in the dugout. Eventually crashing out of the Europa League thanks to that stunning 8-5 aggregate defeat against Manchester United, Roma should at least take some solace from their turnaround victory in the second-leg. Managing to save some face with that 3-2 victory against the Premier League giants, they also landed a routine 5-0 romp against rock-bottom Crotone over the weekend. However, although Roma might have enjoyed a much-needed boost over the past week, they have gained a reputation for their extended issues on the road. Last seen away from the Stadio Olimpico getting hit with a deserved 2-0 defeat away at Sampdoria, The Oranges have lost each of their last four away fixtures across all formats, shipping a pair of goals in each of those defeats.
With a growing injury list, former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has picked up a thigh problem and will not feature in midweek.
Smalling joins the likes of Federico Fazio, Pau Lopez, Amadou Diawara, Gonzalo Villar, Riccardo Calafiori and Carles Perez on the sidelines.
Key Factors to Consider
- Including a 2-2 draw back in January, each of the last six straight meetings against Wednesday’s opponents have finished in a stalemate.
- Inter Milan are unbeaten in each of their last 16 matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to February 2nd.
- Roma have lost each of their last four away fixtures on the spin, shipping over 1.5 goals in each of those defeats.
- I Nerazzurri have won each of their last seven straight contests at the San Siro.
- Six of Roma’s last seven matchups on the road have finished with over 2.5 goals.
While Wednesday’s opponents might have a habit of playing out a stalemate, there is no doubt that Inter Milan will be smelling a golden chance at the San Siro this week. Marching their way to the Serie A title and gaining a string of plaudits, Antonio Conte’s men have enjoyed a stellar campaign and are in the midst of an unbeaten run that stems all the way back to February 2nd. Winning each of their last seven home fixtures on the spin, Roma should face another stern test on their travels. While Jose Mourinho’s soon-to-be squad might have enjoyed a recent boost over the past week, they have gained a reputation for their glaring issues on the road. Last seen away from the Stadio Olimpico getting hit with a 2-0 defeat against Sampdoria, Roma have lost each of their last four matchups on the road, shipping 14 goals.
Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 2/3
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