The pick of this weekend’s Serie A matches sees Italian giants going head to head as Inter Milan hosting defending champions Juventus in the 175th Derby d’Italia.
The battle for the Scudetto this season is as crunchy as it has ever been. Follow our Serie A betting predictions to keep up with all the action while getting great returns on your bets.
Inter’s run of eight straight Serie A victories came to a screeching halt against mid-table Sampdoria to begin the year. They followed it up with a credible 2-2 draw at AS Roma last weekend and needed extra time to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, with Romelu Lukaku’s 119th minute proving decisive.
That return of a point from their two league matches means they lost some ground on the league leaders AC Milan and a win here will not only keep the steadily rising Juve at a distance but also keep pace with their cross-town rivals.
The Nerazzurri have fared poorly against Juventus in their recent matchups. Their impressive run of five straight wins at home gives them hope of turning around that run.
After a rather slow start to the defence of their title, Juventus appear to have turned a corner. The Bianconeri have steadily crept back into the title picture and they are now just six points behind Inter following a run of three decisive Serie A wins, the most important of which was the 3-1 victory at this same venue but against Inter’s city rivals and league leaders AC Milan.
They also had a midweek extra time 3-2 win over Genoa to qualify alongside Inter for the Coppa Italia quarters.
Andrea Pirlo is slowly showing his mettle from the dugout with the Bianconeri rising to the occasion whenever the need arises as they showed in their 3-0 win at Barcelona to snatch the top spot in the Champions League group.
Despite a relatively good season so far, Inter’s defence remains their biggest Achilles’ heel. Their 23 conceded goals is the second-worst amongst the top six teams. Antonio Conte’s side have not kept a clean sheet across their last six games and his defence has struggled to contain top teams. With Juve looking like their old selves in recent weeks, goals look to be on the menu here as Inter’s attack can hold their own. We are therefore going for both teams to score @ 1.53 with Betway betting app as our first call.
Key to Juve’s upturn is the return of talisman and leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. He leads the league scoring charts with 15 goals despite missing a chunk of games due to Covid protocols. With Lukaku chasing him for the golden boot with 12 goals, Cristiano will need no extra motivation to set down the marker here. He has proven to be a big game player and has scored thrice in his last 4 games against Inter. We are backing him to get on the scoresheet here once again @ 2.16 with Betway as our last tip.
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