Serie A Matchday 17 sees third-placed AS Roma hosting second-placed Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday in a potentially mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash.
We present our analysis and betting tips for this game.
A run of five wins in their last six league games has thrust AS Roma into title contention. This is a much welcome relief for their fans who had to endure a tough campaign last season in which they failed to make it into any of the European competition places. Key to this terrific run that has sparked their upward progression on the log has been their quickfire starts to games, notching the first goal in each of these last six games.
The Giallorossi have also been strong at home where they are undefeated in their last 15 matches across all competitions, returning 4 wins and 2 draws in their Serie A home games this season.
Paulo Fonseca will look to build on this solid start as he prepares to take on one of the best attacking teams in the league.
Inter were riding on an eight-match winning streak coming into last weekend that had seen them move up to second place on the log. They had the perfect opportunity to dislodge their crosstown rivals AC Milan from the top of the table following their loss to Juventus. They, however, failed to make the most of that chance as they suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Sampdoria. They remain in second place, just two points behind the Rossoneri.
This loss aside, Inter have seemingly found their scoring boots and have been scoring goals for fun, pumping in 15 goals in their last 6 matches. However, their defence hasn’t quite been as elite. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in their last 9 straight matches.
Antonio Conte will be looking for a better balance from his team here as he seeks to apply more pressure on the league leaders after failing to do that last time.
Something has to give here. AS Roma are the best home team so far this season, picking 20 from a possible 24 points. Until the loss to Sampdoria, Inter were undefeated away from home. They still hold the second-best away record, despite that loss. With just three points separating both teams we can expect a closely contested encounter with both teams sparing no effort to get all three points on offer. Previous encounters between these teams have always been lively and we do not expect this to be any different. The last 10 straight H2H matches have yielded 10+ total corners and we feel there is value in backing Over 8.5 corners @ 1.49 with Betway.
Goals have also been a common theme for these two sides, both in their games this season and their recent H2H encounters. Eight of the last nine have seen both teams finding the back of the net. A repeat of that @ 1.46 with Betway betting app looks good enough to back as our final tip here.
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