Saturday 27 Apr

Inter vs Juventus - Match Preview

26 Apr 2019 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:30 GMT
27 April 2019

Juventus Turin

  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:30 GMT 27 April 2019

The Serie A title may have already been decided but the battle for the other European places is still ongoing as six teams fight it out for 3rd and 4th position. One of those teams is in action on Saturday as Inter host the confirmed champions Juventus at the San Siro.

STATS

  • Inter have had a good season so far and they are currently in 3rd with a five-point gap over their city rivals who occupy the place below them in the table. Their form hasn’t been anything special over the last few weeks but with three wins and just one loss in their last six, it is enough to keep them in the hunt for an all-important Champions League place. They came from behind to draw 1-1 with Roma last time out.
  • Juventus are miles ahead of every other team in Serie A as they have cruised to their eighth league title in a row. It looked as though they may have gone the whole season unbeaten but with two losses, their hopes of invincibility are ruined. Both of those losses have come in their last six games, against Genoa and SPAL surprisingly. They got back to winning ways in their last match, beating Fiorentina 2-1.
  • The fallout between Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic with the Inter players and fans isn’t reflected in the goalscoring charts as they have 10 and seven respectively, more than any of their team-mates.
  • The influence of Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus certainly has not gone unnoticed and he is still in pursuit of the Golden Boot with 19 goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

Inter fans won’t be able to take any confidence from their recent record against Juventus as they have beaten them just once at their last 12 attempts in the league with Juve winning seven of them. The last meeting which came in earlier in the season finished 1-0 to the champions courtesy of a Mario Mandzukic winner. They are often cagey affairs when these sides do battle as five of the last seven meetings have seen under 2.5 goals.

INTER NEWS

At least a point is needed for Inter if they want to keep a firm grip on 3rd place and with just Sime Vrsaljko ruled out, they may have the perfect opportunity to take all three.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

20.04.2019 Seri Inter Milan AS Roma 1:1 D
14.04.2019 Seri Frosinone Calcio Inter Milan 1:3 W
07.04.2019 Seri Inter Milan Atalanta Bergamasca 0:0 D
03.04.2019 Seri Genoa FC Inter Milan 0:4 W
31.03.2019 Seri Inter Milan Lazio Roma 0:1 L

JUVENTUS NEWS

The hosts will feel very little pressure on Saturday as the title is already wrapped up but they will want to finish on as many points as possible. They are definitely without Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira while Giorgio Chiellini and Mehdi Benatia are doubts in defence.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

20.04.2019 Seri Juventus Turin AC Fiorentina 2:1 W
16.04.2019 UEFA Juventus Turin Ajax Amsterdam 1:2 L
13.04.2019 Seri Spal 2013 Juventus Turin 2:1 L
10.04.2019 UEFA Ajax Amsterdam Juventus Turin 1:1 D
06.04.2019 Seri Juventus Turin AC Milan 2:1 W

SUMMARY

Whilst Juventus have already won the title, it would be stupid to write them off in this one as they will be desperate to win as many games as they can. However, the desire of the Inter players cannot be undermined therefore I believe a draw is likely. Also, as we have seen in the history of these meetings, I think it will be a close game and under 2.5 goals will be scored. If you are interested in a correct score prediction then 1-1 provides great value.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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