It’s a potentially huge weekend at the top of Serie A, with the big three all being put through their paces. The weekend builds to the showdown at San Siro, as Juventus face Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia. This huge clash has always been entertaining over the years, but it is taking on new significance with Inter the main challengers for the title.
Napoli, along with Inter and Juve, are searching for glory this term. Their trip to Torino represents an entertaining starter ahead of the main course at San Siro. Napoli will want to close in on whoever loses the big clash between the top two. Everything is perfectly set up for a huge night in Italy. Before that, we’re analysing both clashes and supplying our tips, including a massive 75/1 special.
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Challengers vs Champions
Inter Milan vs Juventus, Premier Sports 2, 7:45pm
There’s no doubt about the big game of the weekend, as there is little across Europe that can match the meeting of Serie A’s top two. This isn’t just a meeting of two strong title-contenders. There’s a long-running rivalry between these two. That bitterness has grown in recent months, with Inter desperate to knock Juventus off their perch. To do that, they’ve poached the men who kicked Juve’s reign off.
Beppe Marotta took Antonio Conte to Juventus, which saw Juve regain their place at the top and win three titles on the bounce. Inter turned to Marotta to rip apart the Juve empire, while he, in turn, moved for Conte. With six wins from six, it’s fair to say they are on the right track. Conte has won a title in four of his last five seasons in club football, while he is the man you want to see out a lead.
Inter have the chance to move five points clear of Juve with a victory here. Meanwhile, Juventus could take back their perch with an away win. It’s a game of huge stakes, while we expect a close game in our Inter Milan vs Juventus predictions.
Inter Milan vs Juventus Specials
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We expect a couple of big moments in a game like this, while all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward is in red hot form with nine goals in eight games. He scored at San Siro in both trips last season, while the Portuguese will be desperate to make a mark in this encounter. Meanwhile, this is a major test for Inter’s backline. Diego Godin has held it all together so far, but can he handle this stern test? After all, Ronaldo did get the better of him against Atletico Madrid last term.
One huge special that has caught our eye in this clash is the 75/1 on offer with Betfair for Ronaldo to score the first goal and Godin to receive the first booking. The defender was booked seven times for Atletico in La Liga last term. He is certainly a contender for a card here, while referee Gianluca Rocchi has averaged over five cards per game this term.
Another option ahead of this clash is to back Ronaldo to score with a header. We’ve backed the Portuguese to score anytime in our Inter vs Juventus tips. He’s a major threat in the air, so BetVictor’s 9/1 offer on the striker to score with a header is a big price.
Napoli to Take Advantage?
Torino vs Napoli, Premier Sports 2, 5pm
The Partenopei will be aiming to maintain some fine form on the road. They go into this meeting with Torino on a scoring streak, hitting two goals or more in their last seven league trips. While the cloud of midweek is hanging over them going into this trip, Napoli should bounce back from their Champions League disappointment. They should fancy their chances for this weekend’s clash, as Torino are reeling from three defeats in four matches.
Napoli are in a good position heading into this weekend. Carlo Ancelotti’s men just need to take advantage of the result in Milan. We are siding with the visitors in our Torino vs Napoli predictions, as the hosts have looked poor of late. Napoli are also out to continue their four-game winning run at this ground. Despite that good form – and Torino’s struggles – Napoli are well priced here.