Friday 7 Dec

Juventus vs Inter - Match Preview

06 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Juventus Turin

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:30 GMT
07 December 2018

Inter Milan

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Kick-off
19:30 GMT 07 December 2018

The games are beginning to speed up ahead of the busy festive period in Serie A. Matchday 15 begins on Friday evening as Inter make the trip to Turin to face runaway leaders Juventus.

STATS

  • Juventus are once again on their way to the Serie A title and they have rarely had such a big points gap at this stage. After 14 games, they are eight points clear at the top of the league ahead of Napoli as they have won 13 games and drawn one, dropping just two points since the beginning of the campaign. They picked up a very comfortable 3-1 win away at Fiorentina last time out.
  • Inter have also enjoyed a good start to the season and they are part of the chasing pack behind Juventus. With 29 points from their opening 14 games, Inter sit 3rd in Serie A but are still 11 points away from top spot. They’ve won three of their last five but just once in three with a 2-2 draw against Roma coming in their last fixture.
  • There are no prizes for guessing who is the top scorer in the Italian top-flight. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 league goals since signing for Juventus, no player has more.
  • One player that isn’t far behind the Portuguese superstar is Mauro Icardi of Inter who has already notched eight Serie A goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

Inter won’t be looking favourably at their recent record with Juventus as they have only won one of their last 11 meetings in the league, losing six of those. The last fixture between the two sides ended 3-2 to Juve back in April thanks to two goals in the last five minutes. Including that match, there have been just two of the last six that have produced over 2.5 goals, those two also being the only two where both teams scored.

JUVENTUS NEWS

Juventus’ lead at the Serie A summit could be extended to 11 points with a win on Friday night but they are without Andrea Barzagli and Alex Sandro in the defence. Sami Khedira and Emre Can have both returned to training so could bolster the midfield.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

02.12.2018 Seri AS Roma Inter Milan 2:2 D
28.11.2018 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Inter Milan 1:0 L
24.11.2018 Seri Inter Milan Frosinone Calcio 3:0 W
11.11.2018 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Inter Milan 4:1 L
06.11.2018 UEFA Inter Milan FC Barcelona 1:1 D

INTER NEWS

With a superior goal difference, Inter can overtake Napoli in 2nd with three points and their only injury worries concern Dalbert and Sime Vrsaljko who aren’t expected to feature. Radja Nainggolan is back in training and would provide a huge boost if he starts.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

02.12.2018 Seri AS Roma Inter Milan 2:2 D
28.11.2018 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Inter Milan 1:0 L
24.11.2018 Seri Inter Milan Frosinone Calcio 3:0 W
11.11.2018 Seri Atalanta Bergamasca Inter Milan 4:1 L
06.11.2018 UEFA Inter Milan FC Barcelona 1:1 D

SUMMARY

Despite Juventus’ strong form, it is never straightforward picking a winner when these two sides meet. With home advantage, Juventus are of course favourites to win this clash but Inter’s wealth of attacking options means they are likely to score. Both teams should score on Friday night and it could be worth backing that selection as well as Juventus to win.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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