Juventus vs Inter preview

March 24, 2012
By: Matthew Clarke

Inter may be 15 points behind Juventus in the Serie A standings, but Derby d’Italia is expected to produce a lot of fireworks, with both sides in desperate need of a victory.

With no European distractions, the Bianconeri were able to fully focus on domestic competitions and such an approach is already yielding great results.

Antonio Conte’s side made a giant step towards winning the first trophy of the season by beating Milan to a place in the Coppa Italia final, but beating the Rossoneri to the Serie A title could prove to be an impossible task if Juventus fail to win this game.

The Bianconeri are high on confidence after the 5-0 win over Fiorentina and 4-3 aggregate win over Milan in Coppa Italia, but odds of 1.70 (7/10) offered by Ladbrokes do not represent a real value for money.

Having won just one of their last four home games, Juventus could find it hard to beat resurgent Inter, especially as they will be under pressure to keep up with leaders Milan.

Stephan Lichtsteiner misses out through suspension, while Andrea Barzagli remains injury doubt. Buffon, Marchisio and Matri return to the starting line-up after they were rested against Milan.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Buffon – Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Ceglie – Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio – Pepe, Matri, Vucinic.

Inter somehow managed to end the dismal run of results that saw them lose seven of eight matches in all competitions, but the Neroazzurri are not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment.

After beating Chievo away, Claudio Ranieri’s side were eliminated from the Champions League despite the 2-1 win over Marseille, whereas they failed to beat Atalanta at home last time out.

Once again, Diego Milito had missed a first-half penalty and that event proved crucial for the outcome of the match.

With ten more rounds to go, Inter sit seven points adrift of third-placed Lazio, meaning they can keep their Champions League hopes alive with a win over Juventus, and the Neroazzurri are 6.25 (21/4) with BetVictor to claim maximum points in Turin.

Playmakers Wesley Sneijder and Ricky Alvarez are not yet ready to return, but Fredy Gurain could make his first appearance for the club.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Cesar – Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo – Zanetti, Poli, Cambiasso, Obi – Milito, Forlan.

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