Bitter cross-city enemies sit right next to each other in the sixth and seventh place of the Italian Serie A standings going into the last game of Matchday No 13 at Allianz Stadium in Turin.
Juventus concluded their dismal Champions League group-stage campaign with a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last time out, and Massimiliano Allegri’s under-fire side – who are already 10 points adrift of the top spot in Serie A – face another difficult challenge on Sunday. Derby d’Italia rivals Inter Milan are only two points above Juventus, but their run of six wins from their last eight games makes them clear favorites.
Their record in the UEFA Champions League has been shameful. With one win and five defeats, Juventus finished third in the table with a goal difference of negative four. And it is under these circumstances that Juventus invites their Italian counterparts.
This match promises to be a cracker today as we are assured of lots of drama, goals, and passion. Just like the previous seasons, we will be hoping it lives up to the hype.
Form Guide: Inter Milan
Only Napoli has scored more goals in Serie A this season than Inter’s record of 25 goals this season, making Inter one of the sides to outperform Juventus’ offensive efforts on nearly every level.
Despite being defeated 2-0 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, the Nerazzurri have won six of their last eight games and rested several key players for that encounter (D1). Simone Inzaghi’s team faced Juventus four times last season, recording one victory and three draws, including two extra-time victories.
Inter Milan, who are now in the sixth position in Serie A, have had a patchy season thus far. The Nerazzurri must recover after losing to Bayern Munich by a score of 2-0 in their previous match. With a top-two finish in the group of death, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Inter Milan pulled off an unexpected victory.
Recently, the Nerazzurri have typically improved their shape and confidence. Last Saturday, they easily defeated Sampdoria 3-0 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker who recently sustained another injury, is likely to miss the World Cup with his country. This is unfortunate for Belgium’s supporters.
Form Guide: Juventus
Juventus is having a terrible season, and that’s an understatement. This season, the Italians have continually fallen to new lows, which has put the team in the news for all the wrong reasons. Juventus are presently occupying the seventh spot in Serie A after registering six victories, two draws, and four losses.
Max Allegri’s much-maligned team was dropped to the Europa League playoffs after losing to Paris Saint-Germain a second time; the only reason they didn’t finish bottom of their group was that they had a superior head-to-head record than relative underdogs Maccabi Haifa.
However, the Bianconeri have won each of their most recent three league games without conceding a goal, helped by the acquisition of numerous starlets from their primavera ranks. and they last managed more successive shut-outs at the end of 2018.
Juventus failed to score against Inter Milan in their previous game and could fail to find the back of the net in consecutive matches against the Nerazzurri for the first time in 12 years.
How the game could go
The hosts, who lost to PSG 2-1 but still managed to qualify for the Europa League in midweek, should be happy with their effort against PSG.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Massimiliano Allegri’s team came away from this game with anything as they entered the weekend with a run of three straight Serie A victories without giving up a goal with Chiesa scheduled to play in a league game for the first time in almost a year.
Contrarily, despite the visitors’ midweek Champions League loss, they appear to be having a good season in Serie A since they have won their past four games. It remains to be seen if that streak can continue this weekend in a stadium where they have won only two of their last eleven games.
Both sides have finally found produced some consistent results in Serie A, but find themselves off the pace at the summit of the standings. Juventus have become accustomed to snatching the odd goal and grinding out ugly wins, and they can pull that trick off again versus Inter, with several key players returning to the squad just in time for the Derby d’Italia.
Inter Milan to Win
The hosts are without a large number of players through injury and currently sit 10pts off the league leaders Napoli. Inter Milan isn’t fairing much better, sitting just a place and 2pts ahead of Sunday’s hosts. Inter Milan has won each of their last three meetings with Juventus and we’re backing the visitors to secure all 3pts this weekend as well. Juventus have a whole host of players out injured and have been struggling to fill their bench in recent weeks. The hosts have lost three of their last six matches in all competitions, while Inter Milan has won four of their last five outings and has form in their favor. Bet9ja have 2.44, 1xbet have 2.46 and Paripesa have 2.46 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
Juventus had to battle hard to secure a narrow victory away at newly-promoted Lecce last weekend. Inter Milan put in a dominant performance in front of their home fans against Sampdoria last time out. We’re expecting goals in this game, mostly the way of Inter Milan. Three of the last five encounters between these two great Italian clubs have ended with over 2.5 goals being scored, including Inter’s 4-2 win in the Coppa Italia back in May. Three of Juve’s last four matches have witnessed at least three goals being scored, while four of Inter’s last six games have produced over 2.5 goals. Bet9ja have 1.97 odds, Paripesa have 2.04, and 1xbet have 2.04 odds.
Anytime Goalscorer (Juventus)
The striker has returned to the starting lineup after a short stay on the sidelines due to injuries. He has scored six goals in 10 Serie A games for Juventus and that should count for something here today. He has a good track record with scoring against Inter and we can count on him to help his side to a win. Bet9ja have 3.25 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.70.
The forward has filled in adequately in the absence of Vlahovic and we can see him playing alongside him here today. He has three goals in nine appearances this season which is not an entirely bad start to his debut season with the club. We can expect him to feature in the game here today and subsequently try and get involved with the goals. Bet9ja have 3.75 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.50.
Anytime Goalscorer (Inter Milan)
Lautaro has had another incredible start to his season with six goals in the league in 12 games for Inter Milan it is no surprise his name is on the list here. He has been heavily involved this season again in the goal action for his side and we can see him scoring here in today’s game. Bet9ja have 3.00 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.00.
Edin Dzeko has had a good start to life scoring important goals for his side in games he has played he seems to have formed a very good partnership up front with Martinez. He can be amongst the goals tomorrow as we envisage a very high-scoring affair when the match begins. Bet9ja have 3.40 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.20.
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