Inter vs Juventus Preview: Team News, Recent Form, Key Battle, Prediction & More

Inter host Juventus at San Siro this Saturday, as the title race in Serie A hots up with Napoli breathing down Juventus’ neck.

The hosts can leapfrog Lazio and Roma in the table while a win for the visitors could see Juventus go four points ahead at the top of the table.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the encounter. 


Recent Form

Inter are unbeaten in their last three games and have recently beaten Chievo and Cagliari 2-1 and 4-0 respectively.

Luciano Spalletti’s side have only tasted defeat once in their last eight games with that loss coming against Torino. Since the turn of the year, Inter haven’t lost at home, and their last defeat at the San Siro came against Udinese in December. 

Juventus will be desperately looking to return to winning ways after they lost in the dying embers of their game against fellow title challengers Napoli, who ran out 1-0 winners. 

Not only was this their first league loss of 2018, it was also their first loss in the league since November.


Team News

Inter will be without midfielder Roberto Gagliardini who is out with a hamstring injury, but the hosts have no new injury worries. 

Juventus will be without key defender Giorgio Chiellini who suffered a torn muscle in his left knee against Napoli last Sunday. Full back Mattia De Sciglio is likely to be out due to an injury he suffered against Real Madrid earlier in the month. Apart from these two absentees, Massimiliano Allegri has a full squad to pick from.

FBL-EUR-C1-REALMADRID-JUVENTUS

Allegri has changed the formation in recent weeks, but to no avail. The 3-5-2 away at Crotone only earned a draw for Juventus, and the 4-2-3-1 against Napoli resulted in a loss, therefore it’s likely they will revert back to the more successful 4-3-3.


Potential Inter Starting Lineup: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar, Cancelo; Brozovic, Valero; Perisic, Rafinha, Karamoh; Icardi

Potential Juventus Starting Lineup: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Howedes, Asamoah; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain


Previous Encounter

These two battled it out back in December with neither side able to break the deadlock with the game fizzling out into a 0-0 draw. The closest any side came was when Mandzukic was unlucky to see his header cannon off the bar.

The result kept Inter’s unbeaten run going, and they were top of Serie A while Juventus at the time were third.


Key Battles

Mauro Icardi vs Gianluigi Buffon

Icardi has been on fire this season, scoring an impressive 26 goals in the league – which sees him second in the top goalscorer charts in Serie A. He opened the scoring against Chievo last week and after a dry patch in front of goal, it looks like he is back doing what he does best. 

AC Milan v FC Internazionale - Serie A

Buffon will need to be at his best to ensure Juventus get anything from the game as Icardi is a proven goalscorer. However, Buffon has kept an impressive 11 clean sheets this season in 18 appearances. 

Paulo Dybala vs Miranda

Like Icardi, Dybala has been lethal in front of goal this season. His 21 goals this season rank as Serie A’s third best and he will be looking to add to that tally. The 24-year-old hasn’t scored in his last three league games but did notch an impressive hat-trick in the 4-2 win against Benevento earlier in the month.

Miranda will be dealt with the task of keeping Dybala quiet. The Brazilian has been a frequent figure in the Juventus side, playing over 30 games so far this season. He has been a consistent performer this season, but will he be able to help keep the impressive Dybala quiet? 


Prediction

Inter will be keen to throw a spanner in the works, and dent Juventus’ title hopes and they come into the clash in good spirits. A win for Inter could see them shoot up the table into third. They have been given a lot of criticism this season, and a win against Juventus could show the footballing world what they’re capable of.

“>

While Juventus will be looking to put one hand on the title with a win. If Napoli lose their game against Fiorentina, Allegri’s side will be four points clear in the title race. The visitors will be desperate to bounce back from last week’s disappointment and they could put Inter to the sword this weekend.

Prediction: Inter 1-3 Juventus

Let’

Inter Plan to Make Mauro Icardi Serie A’s Top Earner As Real Madrid Target Opens Up Over Future

?Mauro Icardi could be in line to become the highest-paid player in Serie A as Inter look to hand their star man a new contract.

I Nerazzurri’s star striker has drawn interest from the likes of Real Madrid due to his superb goalscoring form this term, and Inter wish to see off any would-be suitors by tying down Icardi to a fresh deal.

According to ?CalcioMercato, the Argentina international could be in talks over a new contract that could see his yearly wage rise by 25% from €6m to €8m in a bid to keep him out of their clutches.

FC Internazionale v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A

The new deal may also included a buyout clause, with reports suggesting Icardi could command a bid of around €110m if anyone wished to poach him away from San Siro.

More concrete talks are expected to take place once the current campaign draws to a close and, with Icardi looking unlikely to be part of his national side’s squad for the World Cup, there shouldn’t be any issues negotiating terms with him and his agent.

Real could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the 25-year-old when the summer window opens, and both clubs will know that their deep pockets may entice Icardi to leave Italy’s top flight and chance his hand elsewhere.

(You may also be interested in ?Inter Director Says Nerazzurri Will Fight for Champions League Spot Ahead of Crucial Juventus Tie)

Inter, though, will look to halt that sort of incident from occurring and will want to tie down their top goalscorer for the foreseeable future.

For his part, Icardi told Ole newspaper (via Football Italia) that he ‘doesn’t know what the future holds’ but stated that Inter would always be his first love.

FC Internazionale v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A

He said: “It’s always nice to be appreciated and I think it’s a consequence of my growth. This is why personal achievements are achieved and other big clubs appreciate you. Why I stayed? Inter have always been my team.

“I’m happy to write myself into the history of a club like Inter. It’s a source of pride for me and I could never have imagined it. It’s not easy to get these numbers in Italy, so I thank all my teammates who made it possible.”

Icardi has plundered 26 goals in just 30 Serie A games for Inter this term, and chief executive Piero Ausilio knows that the vultures are circling around and will want to extend Icardi’s stay.

” style=”” contenteditable=”false”>

When asked recently by ?CalcioMercato about the possibility of giving Icardi an improve deal, Ausilio merely stated: “We’ll see. Let’s talk about it.”

Let’

AC Milan to Battle Serie A Rivals Inter in Race to Sign Juventus Defender Kwadwo Asamoah

?AC Milan have made a late attempt to highjack rivals ?Inter in claiming the signature of experienced ?Juventus defender Kwadwo Asamoah. The 29-year-old, who rejected a contract extension at Juventus, has however already reached an agreement of principle with Inter Milan.

 

According to Calciomercato, the Ghana international has already bought a house in Milan and seemed destined to join Inter, but the late interest shown by AC Milan could possibly lead to renegotiations.

AC Milan v Juventus - Serie A

Asamoah joined Juventus in 2012 from Udinese and has spent his whole senior career in Italy. A move to either Inter or AC Milan would be a big boost for both clubs as they have had their defensive struggles over the season.

 

AC Milan enjoyed renewed optimism at the start of the season when former player Gennaro Gattuso was appointed manager but the Rosseneri are currently in seventh position in the Serie A, while they were also knocked out of the Europa League by Arsenal in the round of 16.

AC Milan have however, already secured the services of defender Ivan Strinic from Sampdoria at the end of the season to strengthen their defence. Strinic will join Gattuso’s side as a free agent. 

“>

Inter on the other hand have showed some improvement from last season and are currently in fifth position in Serie A, only one point outside a top three spot. The Nerazzurri are targeting a place in the Champions League under manager Luciano Spalletti, who joined the club in June last year. ?

Let’

Inter Director Says Nerazzurri Will Fight for Champions League Spot Ahead of Crucial Juventus Tie

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has said that the Nerazzurri will fight until the end of the season as they aim to qualify for a Champions League spot.

The San Siro side are just one point adrift of fourth-placed Lazio in fifth, but have a tough match against Serie A leaders Juventus coming up on the weekend.

AC Chievo Verona v FC Internazionale - Serie A

The result of that fixture could go on to define their season, but director Ausilio has assured manager Luciano Spalletti that his job is safe, even if Inter finish out of Italy’s top four.

?“Spalletti is our present and our future, regardless of where we finish,” he told Rai Radio 1 in quotes cited by the club’s ?official website. “The final matches will be important because they could allow us to continue on our journey and securing Champions League football would be wonderful.

“Beyond the financial side of things, Inter must always aim for the top European competition because of the prestige but the team has improved in a lot of different ways thanks to the work from the Coach and his staff. This year, lots of things have been done well and we can obviously improve further but solid foundations have been built.”

AC Chievo Verona v FC Internazionale - Serie A

(You may also be interested in: ??Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Highlights Duo’s ‘Great’ Contribution in Win Over Chievo)

Ausilio is expecting the match against Juve to be a very difficult one, but reckons his side are strong enough to cope as well as fight for a top four place in the few games that remain in this campaign.

“It will be tough against Juventus because they’re a strong team and it’s rare that they get things wrong in two consecutive matches,” he remarked. 


“>

“We’ll find ourselves against a determined opponent but we’re also in shape and we’ll look to put in a great performance as we have done so far in all the big matches this year. Lazio and Roma are going strong, it will be a battle until the very end but we’re ready for it.”

Let’

Serie A Initiative Sees Players Line Up With Red Face Paint to Combat Domestic Violence

The entire Serie A took part in an initiative this weekend that saw players take to the pitch with a red stripe painted onto their cheek to promote a campaign that seeks to raise awareness of violence against women.

The idea behind the campaign came from Italian humanitarian organisation WeWorld Onlus, who teamed up with the players’ association and Serie A TIM, to promote an end to domestic violence.

FBL-ITA-SERIE A-LAZIO-SAMPDORIA

Players and officials across the entire county took part in the campaign, with some of the Serie A’s biggest stars promoting the campaign even further on social media by using the hashtag: “#unrossoallaviolenza” (a red card against violence).

The campaign appeared to receive the most attention when Napoli travelled to Turin on Sunday in what could have been a title-clinching match for Juventus. 

But a bullet header from Kalidou Koulibaly in the 90th minute has seen the title race in Italy blown wide open, with just one point now separating Juventus and Napoli at the top of the Serie A table.

“>

The reigning champions still have tough away matches against Inter and Roma before the end of the season, not to mention their Coppa Italia final clash against AC Milan next month, while Maurizio Sarri’s side will face their toughest test on the road to Fiorentina next week.

Let’