Preview – Juventus vs Inter: A Derby D’Italia Da Scudetto?

December 8, 2017 10:30
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High-flying Inter travel to Turin to take on eternal enemies Juventus in a match that can have a great impact on who may end up on top of the league at the end of the season. Match on Saturday at 2045 CET.

After the San Siro demolition of Chievo last Sunday which saw the Nerazzurri leapfrog both Juventus and Napoli to sit at the top of the Serie A table, Inter now travel to Turin to take on perennial league favourites Juventus. The match, while too early to be effectively decisive in predicting the eventual league winner, will most definitely give the morale of the winner a strong boost.

Luciano Spaletti’s Inter have passed almost every challenge thrown at them so far, and while in hindsight the result against Chievo might seem like the logical outcome, one must remember that it was the first real test of Inter’s mental resilience and their ability to perform despite missing key components in defense and midfield. However, the challenge of Staurday’s match will be quite a few notches higher than that of last week.

With high profile back to back wins away to Napoli and away to Olympiakos, the Bianconeri seem to have found their stride. What Massimiliano Allegri lacks in charisma and inspiration, he seems to more than make up for in his ability to tactically break down an opponent. His match preparation is at par with the best, and on their day, Juventus are capable of beating almost any side in the world. Spaletti will have to be at his tactical best to be able to neutralise Allegri’s varied and diverse threats.

It seems that while Spaletti’s philosophy is to develop and cement a certain attitude and style of play that is understood and shared across the whole squad, making slight modifications and optimisations from match to match, Allegri’s methodology is ostensibly quite the opposite; he seems to demand tactical flexibility from his squad, switching tactics, formation and line-up to suit each opponent.

The match will take place in somewhat controversial circumstances after the official Juventus TV channel aired a segment where a guest of some official communicative role made some less than appropriate comments about the Nerazzurri, but the hope is always that the match itself is free of controversy and a great showcase of the Serie A where the current league leaders maintain their top spot.

Team News

Joao Miranda and Roberto Gagliardini return to the side after having served their respective suspensions, while Matias Vecino will probably start next Gaglia in midfield after sitting the Chievo match out on the bench.

Probable Inter line-up (subject to change): (4-2-3-1) Handanovic; Santon, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio; Gagliardini, Vecino; Perisic, Valero, Candreva; Icardi  (C)


Last Season: Juventus 1 – 0 Inter

Last 10 Head to Head: Juventus’s record against Inter has been incredible, they’ve won an incredible five matches to Inter’s two wins over the previous ten encounters in the league.

Keep an Eye on

Mauro Icardi: While last week’s star was undoubtedly Ivan Perisic, whenever Inter face Juve all eyes are inevitably on Mauro Icardi. The league’s top scorer has made it quite a hobby to find the back of the net against the Bianconeri and if Inter are to score in the match, smart money will be that the scorer is Maurito.


Refereree: Paolo Valeri

Assistants: Giallatini, Dobosz

 Fourth Official: Banti

Additional Assistants: Irrati, Meli

Prediction & Authors Note

Prediction & scorers: Juventus 2 – 2 Inter with an Icardi breaking the deadlock and Valero getting the second.

Author’s Note: While it difficult to predict how Allegri will set his team up, and where the primary threat will come from, there can be no doubt that the Juventini flanks always pose a great danger. It will be up to Danilo D’Ambrosio and Davide Santon to be on their A-game to keep the threat at bay. Vecino, Valero and Gaglia must also be on top form to boss the center of the pitch and ensure that Inter dictate the passage of play.

By Mohamed Nassar
  • Stefano

    Valeri has given 10 pk’s in favor of our adversaries and 2 in our favor…


  • Bella Soraya

    Is it only me or not, but I really happy bufffon can’t, he is the only leader to them who can control and motivate his teammates. F O Khedira, Chiellini, Dybala, or Higuain. Pretty sure we could get a point, or maybe more points.

    • Stefano

      I think the exact opposite:
      Szcezny is much stronger right now.

  • il Biscione

    Rubentini seem to use a lot of their spare time fantasizing about sewers, so let´s flush them there like Real Madrid did last May.

  • BoBo32

    As great as we are playing I don’t feel any of the usual anxiety or pressure for a result. At the start of the season i would take 4 points against Napoli home Roma Away and Juve Away anytime. Any result here is the cherry on the cake.

  • Al

    Lets win just to see Rube beaten

  • ADRIANO158

    So glad Santon came up & ready to play this derby. Very balanced player

  • ezekiel

    win this and we’re one step closer to reach our CL target..

    • El Cuchu 19

      You know what, this is a fixture I don’t give a damn about anything, anyyything but oneee sooole objective : destroy them band of thieves rubentini.
      Champions league qualification, scudetto challenge, or not.. for this fixture, I couldn;t care less..this is a fixture we’d want Inter to win, win and only win, no matter what.
      V I N C E R E E E

    • Stefano

      Well..IF we win this one ( which is very, VERY difficult ) ..we couldn’t hide any longer .
      In case we win this one .. then we are playing for scudetto, period.

      Because we would have already played the three most difficult games:
      in juve in Napoli in Roma, with two wins and a tie.
      And we would play all of them in San Siro in the second leg.

      I think that If we win it it would be unrealistic and kind of dishonest to keep on saying :
      “Nooo we aren’t even thinking of scudetto !”.
      If we win…then it we become favorite number one for scudetto ,either we like it or not.

      • ezekiel

        nope, even if win or lose in this game our target remain top 4 aka CL’s spot. we still have a lot of match to play. we can slip in every match if we become big headed. doing well again top 4 is not everything. remember we still have to play them again.
        we still have lazio too. more than that, serie a decisive month always been january. everything will start to taking shape in january for serie a.
        we will talk about scudetto if we manage to stay at the top at least on march.

      • Asyrof Syarif

        We’ve this position in previous year… But we know the rest of story, we slipped after new year.
        Just keep our feet on the ground.