Sunday 21 Jan

Inter vs AS Roma - Match Preview

21 Jan 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D


19:45 GMT
21 January 2018

AS Roma

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

19:45 GMT 21 January 2018

The Serie A is at the halfway stage and a clear pattern is starting to emerge as to which sides are challenging for which places. Every year the top four places in Italy’s top-flight are hotly contested and two of the sides that are there or thereabouts face each other on Sunday. Inter, who are 3rd, and Roma, who are 5th, will both be expected to finish in the Champions League positions and they meet this weekend.


  • After keeping up with Napoli and Juventus for most of the season so far, Inter have rapidly begun to fall away and now find themselves with a nine-point gap to the top of the table. This is because they are winless in their last five league fixtures after a run of 15 unbeaten which stretched back to the opening day. They have drawn both of their last two matches, the first was 0-0 against Lazio and the second ended 1-1 with Fiorentina.
  • Roma were in a similar position to their upcoming rivals but they too, have struggled to keep pace. Their demise is even more dramatic and with 12 points between them and league-leaders, Napoli, their challenge for the title is all but over. They have won just one of their last five league matches, they were embarrassingly beaten 2-1 by Atalanta in their last game two weeks ago.
  • Inter have one of Europe’s deadliest strikers in their side, Mauro Icardi has 18 league goals and only three strikers in Europe’s top five leagues have more than the Argentine.
  • Roma fans will be annoyed to hear the news that their star striker, Edin Dzeko, has been linked with a move to Chelsea as the ex-Man City forward is their leading scorer with nine goals.


The recent results between these two Italian giants have been, as you’d expect, very even and in the last five meetings, there has been just one draw and two wins for each side. The reverse fixture this season saw Inter win 3-1 thanks to a brace from Icardi after going a goal behind early on. Roma won by the same scoreline the last time the two teams played at the San Siro, which was in February of last year. March 2014 is how far you would have to go back to find the last goalless draw between them, this fixture tends to produce goals.


Inter massively need three points on Sunday to have any chance of catching the runaway top two and they have just one injury worry. Energetic midfielder, Joao Mario is expected to make the squad after being out for over a month now, however, he might not be risked.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

05.01.2018 Seri AC Fiorentina Inter Milan 1:1 D
30.12.2017 Seri Inter Milan Lazio Roma 0:0 D
27.12.2017 Copp AC Milan Inter Milan 1:0 L
23.12.2017 Seri US Sassuolo Inter Milan 1:0 L
16.12.2017 Seri Inter Milan Udinese Calcio 1:3 L


A win could take Roma 3rd in Serie A and then they would cease the initiative to close the gap on the division’s front-runners. Maxime Gonalons, Diego Perotti, Luca Pellegrini and Rick Karsdrop are all injured and won’t feature for the visitors.

Latest matches: AS Roma

06.01.2018 Seri AS Roma Atalanta Bergamasca 1:2 L
30.12.2017 Seri AS Roma US Sassuolo 1:1 D
23.12.2017 Seri Juventus Turin AS Roma 1:0 L
20.12.2017 Copp AS Roma Turin FC 1:2 L
16.12.2017 Seri AS Roma Cagliari Calcio 1:0 W


With home advantage, it is only right to assume that Inter will see themselves as favourites to win this one but Inter have beaten Roma at home just twice in almost seven years while Roma have won four times in that spell. Both sides desperately need a win and it could go either way, it could be a fantastic match.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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