Verdict: Both teams to score – yes
Best Odds: 4/5
The derby between Inter Milan and Juventus is one of the biggest in the Serie A, and perhaps one of the most important matches in the European region. Both teams are near the top of the Serie A, and this could be a title-deciding match even though the campaign is reaching its midway point. The ball will start rolling at 19:45 BST at Allianz Stadium this Saturday, and Paolo Valeri will be the referee.
Could this be the year Juventus finally loses their spot as the title holders of the Serie A? The Old Lady have won six straight titles, but they sit in third place right now after a huge 1-0 win against second-placed Napoli the last time out. As if that wasn’t enough, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have seven wins in eight matches at Allianz Stadium this season, while posting a stellar +17 goal differential. Napoli and Inter Milan have been the biggest surprises in the competition during the current season, but one should never count Juventus out. Especially considering the kind of players they have in their squad. They are certainly trending in the right direction of late as well. The reigning Serie A champions are riding a four-game unbeaten run across all competitions. They have kept four straight clean sheets as well, so the team is doing a good job on both ends of the pitch at the moment. Can they maintain that against Inter’s attacking force?
Juventus should be near at full strength ahead of this game.
The lone confirmed absentee will be Benedikt Howedes, who is dealing with a thigh injury. Stephan Lichtsteiner is suffering from the same injury, and he will require a late-fitness test to determine his availability.
Juventus might be the team to beat in the Serie A based on their current run of resuts, but it is hard to argue with the fact that Inter are the best teams in the country at the moment. The Neroazzurri side are the only unbeaten team in the league thanks to 12 wins and three draws, and are coming off a huge 5-0 win at home against Chievo Verona the last time out. Much of their success can be found on a renewed defensive line that has allowed just 10 goals in 15 matches, but it is undeniable that Inter’s bulk of their stellar campaign lies on the shoulders of their stellar attacking line. Mauro Icardi is one of the top scorers in the Serie A thanks to 16 goals in 15 matches, but Ivan Perisic has also contributed on a heavy role with seven goals and six assists, including a hat-trick against Chievo the last time out. Inter have won three of their last four away matches as well, although they have kept just one clean sheet over that span.
The current Serie A leaders are mostly healthy ahead of this game.
The lone confirmed absentee is the one of youngster Zinho Vanheusden, who has missed the past nine games with a knee injury.
Key Factors to Consider
- Both teams sit near the top of the standings in the Serie A. Inter are at the top with 39 points, while Juventus are third just two points behind.
- Juventus have had an impressive campaign at home this season, registering seven wins and just one draw in eight matches.
- However, Inter have fared quite well on the road. The Neroazzurri have five wins and two draws in seven road contests thus far.
- There is no question this will be a star-studded match, but most of the world’s eyes will be on two players. Those are Mauro Icardi for Inter, and Paulo Dybala for Juventus. Icardi has 16 goals in the current Serie A campaign, while Dybala has dazzled with 12 goals and three assists.
- The last five Serie A games between both clubs have shown parity. Inter and Juventus have two wins each, and there has been one draw as well.
There is no question Juventus and Inter have been two of the best teams in the Serie A this season. And their attacks have been deadly, as they rank first and third in goals scored, respectively.
If we add the fact that names such as Icardi, Dybala, Perisic and Gonzalo Higuain will see action, it is quite likely that we will see both teams scoring during this match.
Verdict: Both teams to score – yes
Best Odds: 4/5
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