A stuttering Inter travel to Turin to face an in-form Juventus in what can be a watershed moment for the season. Match today Sunday at 20:45 CET.
After a disappointing international break for Italy, the peninsula’s two most successful sides meet up in a classic Derby D’Italia that can have huge implications on how the league table will look come the summer.
Juve are the league’s most in-form side and are currently riding a hot four match winning streak. Massimiliano Allegri’s project looks to be shaping up and the perennial league winners might have been in contention for the title but for their terrible start to the season.
Allegri’s final piece to the puzzle was striker Dusan Vlahovic. The young Serbian striker continued his scoring form since moving from Fiorentina over the January transfer window and has now helped his new club sit firmly in the Champions League positions.
Simone Inzaghi’s Inter has had a terrible start to the new year. The Nerazzurri went from shoe-ins as league favorites to sitting in third place and no longer having their footballing destinies within their own hands.
In Inzaghi’s defense, his side has been plagued by a terrible schedule and injuries that have ravaged his starting eleven. Inzaghi will finally have a fully fit side to select here for the first time in months.
That said, Inter’s poor results were rarely due to poor general play but more as a result of their strikers’ inability to convert chances.
Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez need to score more goals if Inter are to have a chance of taking away any points here and eventually retain the league title.
Inzaghi has a full squad to choose from, primarily, Stefan DeVrij and Marcelo Brozovic are free of injury concerns and are both expected to start the match.
Probable Inter line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic (C); Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Gosens; Dzeko, Lautaro.
Last Season: Juventus 3 – 2 Inter
Last 10 Head to Head: Juve have dominated the head to head between the two sides, the bianconeri have beaten the visitors six times to Inter’s sole win over the past ten league encounters.
Keep An Eye On
Marcelo Brozovic: Brozo is finally back from his injury and is expected to finally complete Inzaghi’s midfield trio for the first time in ages. Expect Inter to achieve a semblance of their balance and shape now that the Croatian midfielder is back to move the ball and dictate play for the Nerazzurri.
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati.
Assistant referees: Ranghetti and Vivenzi.
Fourth Official: Ghersini.
VAR: Mazzoleni and Passeri.
Prediction & Concluding Remarks
Prediction & scorers: Juventus 1 – 2 Inter; Dzeko and Calhanoglu to score.
Concluding remarks: A critical match on the road to the Nerazzurri’s defence of their Serie A title. Juventus are in form and taking anything away from this match will be a huge success.