Inter travel to reigning Serie A champions Juventus looking to record the third consecutive victory over their great rivals. With both teams currently enjoying a rich vein of form we are in for a proper cracker of a game.
Juventus not out of this world
The Serie A leaders and champions are vulnerable and their matches against big Italian sides such as Fiorentina and Fiorentina have exposed the humanly side of Max Allegri’s team. The Serie A title is their to lose as we are heading into extremely exciting couple of months in Calcio. AS Roma are pushing hard from behind, but Inter are also hoping to put a dent in Juventus’ title challenge and it is now up to Allegri to come up with a plan to restore the dominance his team enjoyed over the past few seasons. Four points ahead of the competition at the top of the standings, Juventus need to be careful and cautious. Allegri, on his own part, has an off-field topic to think about as one of his key players Paulo Dybala has refused to shake his hand, thus openly expressing his discontent for getting subbed at Sassuolo. Allegri will need to step up and restore dominance as he risks mutiny should his team fail to beat Inter for the third time running.
Fortunately for the Juventus head coach, there are no selection issues to worry about as Mario Lemina remains the only unavailable player. Mehdi Benatia is back in the team and Bianconeri will have their strongest squad at the ready.
Better times ahead of Inter?
Nerazzuri have seen their fair share of struggles over the last couple of campaigns and it now seems as if Inter are making steady progress under the guidance of Stefano Pioli. Things were not looking as bright at the beginning of the season, when Frank de Boer struggles to imprint his stamp on the team, but last couple of months have seen Inter display great potential as they notched seven Serie A wins on the trot to rise up to the fourth place in the standings. Although the title talks are well premature, Inter are aiming at the Champions League places and are heading out to Torino feeling rather confident about their chances. Their positive run against Juventus and three consecutive triumphs over the champions are a morale boost so it will be quite interesting to see whether Nerazzurri can extend their run. They will need the help of their top scorer Mauro Icardi, who has so far bagged 15 league goals and is level on terms with Dzeko and Higuain at the top of the top scorer chart.
Stefano Pioli rested a couple of first-team players midweek through the Coppa Italia loss to Lazio and is expected to go full strength again.
Juventus are once again this season the force to be reckoned with, but the champions are unbeaten and the competition has grown significantly stronger. Having already suffered defeats from the likes of Fiorentina and Milan, Bianconeri are facing a stern challenge against the team who managed to beat them on three previous occasions.
Top pick: Inter not to lose 2.38 (11/8) @BetVictor
Alternative Pick 1: Inter Draw no Bet 4.33 (10/3) @Ladbrokes
Alternative pick 2: Both teams to score – yes 1.80 (4/5) @Bet365