Inter Milan and Juventus play in the closing game of the Serie A round 27. Derby d’Italia, as the fans call this matchup, is one of the most intense in the country and Europe. It includes two teams that have numerous domestic and international accolades. Inter is among the top four places in the standings but not safe there at all. The competition for the Champions League place is fierce, and Nerazzurri need to keep winning. Juventus has been playing solid football lately, yet due to a 15-point fine, they are out of the UCL hunt.
Inter Milan (-105) survived Dragao and Porto in the rematch of the UCL’s Round of 16 stage. We’ve seen the Italians defending throughout the last minutes and having fortune by their side, with the hosts hitting the woodwork twice in the closing moments. In the end, a goalless draw was just enough for this unit to proceed.
Though, this was the third event in the previous four in which Inter couldn’t win, having the only triumph throughout that stretch against Empoli, 2-0 at Meazza.
When playing at home, Simone Inzaghi’s crew is more than confident, posting 13 wins in the recent 14 contests, a vast majority of them without a goal conceded. In five of the latest seven games in Milan, Inter kept clean sheets.
Juventus (+300) had a game against Freiburg in Germany on Thursday night, a rematch of the Europa League Round of 16 stage. They defeated the hosts 0-2, displaying a confident performance, with Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa netting each goal.
This was the third consecutive victory for the Old Lady, who has been in fabulous shape over the past month, month, and a half. Throughout that stretch, Juve played nine contests and won seven.
They have been very good on the road as well – seven wins and two defeats in nine outings. All the victories came with the team from Turin posting clean sheets, and that’s even more impressive. It appears that the pressure of playing at home is something that creates a problem for Allegri and the unit, while on the road, that isn’t the case.
Robin Gosens is the only player unavailable for the hosts in this event.
The situation is different when it comes to Juve, who won’t have Milik, Alex Sandro, Bonucci, Kean, and Pogba. The Frenchman is reportedly on his way out of the Allianz Arena.
Head to Head
There were 246 official games between Inter and Juventus throughout history. In 111 of them, Juve ended on the winning side, while Inter has 75 victories, with 60 matches ending without winners.
Regarding this season, Juventus was better in the first encounter, 2-0. It took place in early November at the Allianz Stadium.
The games between these two units are usually interesting. Inter is extremely confident at home, while on the other side, Juventus comes to Meazza to play without any pressure. Since their fine, the team’s mindset changed, and as soon as the pressure was gone, the Old Lady improved its results. It’s why we pick both teams to score here. Inter will be after the win, and Juve won’t back down.
Pick: Both teams to score -105
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