Saturday 28 Apr

Inter vs Juventus - Match Preview

28 Apr 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

  • D
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
28 April 2018

Juventus Turin

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 28 April 2018

The 2017/18 Serie A season is nearing its exciting climax at both ends of the table. One of this weekend’s games that affects the top sees league leaders, Juventus travel to the San Siro to face Inter. The hosts are in 5th, one point outside of the top four.

STATS

  • Inter’s season started so brightly but now they are facing the possibility of another campaign of Europa League football. They’ve won just two of their last five in the league with two goalless draws seeing them lose ground on the sides directly above them. They survived a late scare away at Chievo last time out as they won 2-1 despite their opponents’ late onslaught.
  • Juventus have been brilliant this term and until last week, looked like they were cruising towards another Scudetto. However, a 1-0 home loss to 2nd-placed Napoli has blown the title race wide open. Napoli have a much easier run-in than Juve so Saturday’s visitors need to make sure they take all three points back to Turin.
  • Mauro Icardi has been in imperious form this term and only Ciro Immobile has more Serie A goals. The Argentine has eight in his last seven league games, adding to his total of 26 for the campaign.
  • Paulo Dybala is below Icardi in the race for the Golden Boot. With 21 goals, the Juve star is hitting perfect form ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

HEAD TO HEAD

It's always hard to pick a winner in this fixture and it couldn’t be closer in the last five meetings. Both sides have won two of the last five in all competitions and the most recent match ended goalless. The last two meetings between the sides at the San Siro have seen Inter come away with a win, not the kind of statistic Juve wouldn't want to hear.

INTER NEWS

Three points for Inter would keep their hopes of a top four very much alive while a loss could leave them with a lot to do. They have the benefit of a full-strength squad which will provide some much-needed confidence.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

22.04.2018 Seri AC Chievo Verona Inter Milan 1:2 W
17.04.2018 Seri Inter Milan Cagliari Calcio 4:0 W
14.04.2018 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Inter Milan 0:0 D
08.04.2018 Seri Turin FC Inter Milan 1:0 L
04.04.2018 Seri AC Milan Inter Milan 0:0 D

JUVENTUS NEWS

Anything other than a win for Juventus isn’t good enough in this one as they need to keep Napoli at arm’s length. Both Mattia De Sciglio and Giorgio Chiellini are out for the season, the latter being a huge blow to their title chances.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

22.04.2018 Seri Juventus Turin SSC Napoli 0:1 L
18.04.2018 Seri FC Crotone Juventus Turin 1:1 D
15.04.2018 Seri Juventus Turin Sampdoria Genoa 3:0 W
11.04.2018 UEFA Real Madrid Juventus Turin 1:3 W
07.04.2018 Seri Benevento Calcio Juventus Turin 2:4 W

SUMMARY

There won’t be many fixtures between Inter and Juventus that hold more importance than this. Both teams will be desperate to win but won’t give much away. A draw is the most likely outcome, it’ll need a special performance from either side to take all the points. I wouldn’t expect goals in this one as both sides will keep it very tight at the back.  

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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