Thursday, April 25, 2024

Prediction: Torino vs Inter Milan

Verdict: Away win

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Inter Milan have a chance to reclaim the top spot in Serie A when they face Torino on Saturday evening, playing a day before their first-placed rivals, AC Milan.

The Nerazzurri seek to extend their impressive streak of results in away matches, while Torino are eager to put an end to their lengthy goal drought.

Torino

Torino have struggled against Inter on their home turf, managing only one point from their last four encounters. Their recent Serie A form hasn’t been much better, with two draws and two losses, including a defeat to Juventus in the Derby della Mole. This decline in form has seen them slip down to 14th place in the table.

One of the key issues for Torino has been their inability to find the back of the net. They haven’t scored in over 270 minutes of football, with their last goal being Duvan Zapata’s late equalizer against Roma almost a month ago. This goal drought has contributed to their inability to maintain their promising start to the season, and they are hoping that the recent break from competitive action will allow them to reset and improve in this regard.

On the positive side, under coach Ivan Juric, Torino have displayed defensive discipline, with only three teams having more clean sheets this season. Over the past two years, they’ve consistently stayed clear of relegation troubles and often secured a spot inside the top half of the table. However, to make a push for European competition, their attacking trio, including Zapata and Antonio Sanabria, must improve their productivity in the final third.

Team News

Torino will be without Brandon Soppy, Kofi Djidji, and Alessandro Buongiorno for this match, while Saba Sazonov has recently returned from a foot injury.

In the attacking department, Sanabria, who was last season’s top scorer, is expected to be among the substitutes, with Zapata leading the line in an attempt to help the team find their way back to scoring. On the other hand, it’s worth noting that Zapata has played 483 minutes against Inter in Serie A home games without managing to score a goal, registering just a single shot on target during those matches.

Inter Milan

Inter have displayed a stark contrast in their home and away performances this season. While they managed just one point from their two most recent league games at the San Siro, including a 2-2 draw against Bologna in their last outing, they have been far more formidable on the road.

Leading up to the trip to Turin, Inter have won all of their first three away matches in Serie A, remarkably without conceding a single goal. They have scored seven times on the road without any reply, with five of those goals coming from the prolific Lautaro Martinez.

Coach Simone Inzaghi is gearing up for back-to-back home fixtures against Red Bull Salzburg and Roma but first aims to continue their excellent form away from home. Going back to last season, Inzaghi’s side have won seven of their last eight away games, maintaining seven clean sheets in the process. If they keep a clean sheet against Torino, it would mark the first time since 1972 that Inter have kept five consecutive Serie A away matches without conceding a goal.

Despite letting a two-goal lead slip in their previous league match just before the international break, Inter are sure to be fired up for their return to domestic action, especially since they currently trail their city rivals, Milan, in the league standings.

Inter boast an excellent recent record at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and have won seven of their last eight league meetings with Torino. In these matches, they’ve averaged exactly two goals per game.

Team News

With Marko Arnautovic still recovering from an injury and Alexis Sanchez having played full 90-minute matches in both of Chile’s World Cup qualifiers, captain Lautaro Martinez is nailed on to start for the visiting team on Saturday.

Lautaro, often referred to as ‘El Toro,’ and French forward Marcus Thuram, who has already provided five assists in Serie A this season, are likely to pair up in the attacking front for Inter. Both players had lighter international duty, making them well-rested and ready for club action.

Juan Cuadrado will not be available due to a flare-up of his Achilles issue. However, aside from that, Simone Inzaghi has a full squad to choose from, so he is expected to select a similar starting XI to the one that played in the draw against Bologna.

Conclusion

Inter have been in excellent scoring form this season, averaging well over two goals per game. Their individual quality in attacking areas is likely to be the key factor in breaking down an organized Torino side on Saturday.

Verdict: Away win

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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