Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 1/1
Looking to lay down what would be a real marker on their travels this weekend, Inter Milan will make the trip to the Stadio Olimpico when they face off against Roma on Saturday evening.
Starting with the hosts, while Roma might have thought that they had found a real boost when returning from November’s international break, they certainly came crashing back down to earth in midweek. Making the trip to Bologna on Wednesday night and putting in what was a largely toothless display, Jose Mourinho’s side were hit with a 1-0 loss on the road. Watching their three-match winning run from across all competitions come to an end last time out, the Giallorossi do have the feel of a side seeking some stability. Although Roma might have found an immediate bounce when they brought the former Manchester United boss to the Stadio Olimpico over the summer, they’re still in an uphill battle to clinch a top-four finish. Sat six points adrift of breaking into the Champions League spots, Saturday’s hosts have also won just a trio of their last eight Serie A contests, a run that stems back to October 3rd.
Roma will once again be without Italian left-back Leonardo Spinazzola on Saturday evening.
Likewise, along with Lorenzo Pellegrini still dealing with an injury issue, Jose Mourinho is sweating over the fitness of young Ghanaian forward Felix Afena-Gyan.
As for the visitors, putting in another professional display earlier in the week, Inter Milan find themselves enjoying what has been an eye-catching purple patch. Last seen on Wednesday landing a deserved 2-0 win against Spezia on home soil, the defending Italian champions have done a stellar job of making up ground in the title hunt. Managing to cut Napoli’s buffer at the top of the table to just two points, new boss Simone Inzaghi has gained plenty of plaudits from across Serie A this season. Storming their way to the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League with time to spare, the ex-Lazio manager finds his side enjoying a four-match winning run across all formats. With their eye-catching run of form highlighted by an action-packed 3-2 win against Napoli when returning from the international break, Saturday’s guests have also lost just a single Serie A matchup since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Landing a 3-1 win when they last faced off against Roma back in May, Inter will be smelling a chance at the Stadio Olimpico.
The defensive duo of Matteo Darmian and Andrea Ranocchia are set to miss out at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend.
The defending Serie A champions are also sweating over the fitness of Dutch centre-back Stefan de Vrij and starlet Alessandro Bastoni.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides last faced off in May, Inter Milan picked up a 3-1 win at the San Siro.
- Suffering a 1-0 loss against Bologna in midweek, Roma have won just a trio of their last eight Serie A matchups.
- Inter Milan have lost just a single Serie A contest since opening the 2021/22 campaign.
- Roma have won just one of their last three Serie A matchups at the Stadio Olimpico.
- 10 of the last 11 meetings between Saturday’s opponents have finished with both teams finding the net.
Managing to extend on their recent purple patch with a 2-0 win against Spezia in midweek, Inter Milan should be smelling a golden chance to lay down another marker on Saturday evening. Really making up ground at the top of the table and with just a single Serie A defeat to their name since opening the 2021/22 campaign, the defending Italian champions will be looking to cash in on a Roma side that have shown some real inconsistencies. Suffering a 1-0 loss against Bologna on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho’s men have now managed to win just a trio of their last eight Serie A matchups. With Inter claiming a deserved 3-1 win when the two sides last faced off back in May, we’re backing an away victory here.
Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 1/1