Inter Milan vs AS Roma Preview

December 5, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Inter Milan will be aiming to stretch their advantage at the top of the Serie A table on Friday night as they take on AS Roma at the San Siro.

The Nerazzurri have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season under new boss Antonio Conte and deservedly sit top after having only lost one league game so far this campaign. As a result, the odds have shortened on them lifting their first league title since 2010 and are now as low as 23/10 with William Hill, still some way behind reigning champions Juventus.

Meanwhile, Roma too have enjoyed a solid start to the new campaign and are severely challenging for a place in the top four and a return to the UEFA Champions League. They are available at a price of 11/10 to finish in the top four for the sixth time in the last six seasons.

A win against the high-flying Inter would certainly put Paulo Fonseca’s troops on the right track in which to do that. Their last win away from home against this weekend’s opponents came just a couple of seasons ago as they soared to a 3-1 success in February 2017. Ironically, future Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan scored twice either side of the break, before Maurco Icardi halved the deficit. Diego Perotti sealed the points late on. They are not hugely fancied to repeat that feat this time around, with the odds mostly tipping in favour of the hosts. Inter are at a price of 5/6 with Paddy Power, whilst Roma and a draw both sit at 11/4.

Having said that though, Conte will hope to go against the form book yet again. In the prior 12 clashes between the two, both sides have found the net in nine of those. Whilst it could be a good bet to back that, Inter actually come into the match with the second-best defensive record in the entirety of Serie A having only conceded one more than Juventus. As a matter of fact, Inter stopper Samir Handanovic has the joint-most clean sheets in the league this season. The Nerazzurri to Win To Nil is available at a price of 13/5 with Betfred.

This could potentially be helped by a few key injuries to the Roma team. Justin Kluivert and Javier Pastore are both ruled out and join Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta on the sidelines. Elsewhere, Inter also have a couple of problems with Alexis Sanchez, Nicolo Barella, Stefano Sensi and Roberto Gagliardini all on the treatment table.

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