Inter Milan are set to play host to Juventus at the San Siro on Tuesday for the first leg of the semi-final of the Coppa Italia.
Inter Milan come into this game on the back of a 4-0 win over Filippo Inzaghi’s Benevento yesterday in Serie A. An own goal from attacker Riccardo Improta, a brace from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and a goal from Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez ensured victory for Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.
Juventus, on the other hand, beat Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria 2-0 on Saturday in Serie A. Goals from Italy international Federico Chiesa and Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey sealed the deal for Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus.
In 33 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Juventus hold the clear advantage. They have won 16 games, lost eight and drawn nine.
The two clubs last faced each other in January this year in Serie A, with Inter Milan beating Juventus 2-0. Goals from former Juventus midfielder and Chile international Arturo Vidal and Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella secured the win for Inter Milan.
A two-legged Derby d’Italia will decide which of the clubs will meet Atalanta or Napoli in this season’s showpiece final, with the second leg to come next week.
Inter have a big miss for the game as they will be without talisman Lukaku who was suspended after his recent bust-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Conte says Inter can cope without the Belgian and we’ll have to see how that goes.
However it may be, an interesting clash awaits at San Siro and we’ll do what we do best as we bring you the best of the tips.
Both teams to score – Yes
Four of the last six meetings between both sides have seen both teams score. Their most recent outing didn’t see Juventus score as Inter went on to win but we expect a different game tonight. Given that silverware is at stake, both teams will be fired up to give their best and that should see some goals at both ends. Bet9ja have 1.67 odds, Bet365 have 1.75 and 1xbet have 1.80.
Over 2.5 Goals
Both teams are on good scoring form of late and we expect that to carry on today. Bar the loss to Inter, Juventus have scored at least two goals in their last four games. The same also goes for Inter who have scored at least two goals in four out of their last six games. With Juventus seeking revenge and a spot in the Coppa Italia finals, we can expect them to go guns blazing for goals right from the onset. Bet9ja have 1.88odds, Bet365 have 1.95 and 1xbet have 2.02.
Potential Goal-Scorer (Inter Milan)
With Romelu Lukaku missing out on the game, Alexis Sanchez could be set to feature and you can’t rule out the Chilean from getting chances to score. His pace could also see him pose a threat to the Juventus defence. Himself and Lautaro Martinez will be the leaders for Inter in attack and they’ll know they have to be at their best without their best striker. There could be value here with Bet365 offering 3.10 odds and Bet9ja putting theirs at 3.25.
The Argentine forward has been decent this season with 11 goals across all competitions. He has a good scoring form in his last three games and we’re backing him to keep up with that against Juventus tonight. In the absence of Lukaku, he is perhaps the number one name to score for Inter. Bet365 have 2.75 odds while Bet9ja have 2.80.
Potential Goal-Scorer (Juventus)
Ronaldo might have blanked in his last three games for Juventus but he remains their top-scorer this term. As it stands, all the top news outlets are claiming he could be benched against Inter but we’re yet to understand why Pirlo would bench his best player that against one of his best rivals. Either from the start or from the bench, the Portuguese remains a top name for a goal or you can count on him to turn up in another big game. Bet365 have 2.10 odds wile Bet9ja have 2.40.
The Spanish forward is perhaps the most in-form Juventus forward based on top form at the moment. He has scored 13 goals for Juventus this season and he will fancy his chances of a goal tonight. Not to forget, Morata is quite good in the air and that could come in handy for him as well. Bet365 have 2.60 odds for him to score while Bet9ja have 3.00.
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