It’s all set for the last Derby d’Italia of the season as Inter Milan and Juventus will lock horns in the return fixture of their Coppa Italia semifinal on Wednesday evening at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The tie is wide open after a 1-1 stalemate in a controversial first leg at the start of the month. We saw a huge battle and some bad blood between the two sides throughout the whole first leg but both goals came within the final ten minutes of the affair at the Allianz Stadium.
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Romelu Lukaku made no mistake from the spot to cancel out Juve’s classic counter-strike opener earlier this month in Turin before an ugly conclusion of events that saw three men sent off in the aftermath. While Juan Cuadrado and Samir Handanovic won’t be able to feature on Wednesday through suspension, Romelu Lukaku’s red card was overruled by the Italian Football Federation and the in-form Belgian will be in contention for a start at the Giuseppe Meazza. Let’s take a look at our top betting picks and predictions for this match.
Inter Milan vs Juventus Betting Tips
A lot has happened since the first cup semifinal leg between the two fierce intercity rivals. Both outfits have generally experienced positive vibes over the last couple of weeks, managing to advance to the semis in two big European competitions. Both teams jumped above Portuguese opponents as Inter Milan dismantled the current Primeira Liga leaders Benfica in the Champions League while I Bianconeri had enough to get past Sporting CP in the Europa League.
Furthermore, Juventus’ 15-point deduction has also been overturned on appeal by the Serie A, propelling Massimilano Allegri’s side from seventh to third in the league table. Juventus are now genuine top-four candidates despite a run of three successive defeats in the competition as Inter Milan were pushed down to sixth place following their negative streak of results in the last month.
I Bianconeri have lost three on the bounce in the Serie A
Inter Milan boosted their confidence with a comfortable victory over Empoli at the weekend with the help of an in-form Romelu Lukaku. The resurgent Belgian contributed with two goals and an assist, confirming his excellent form ahead of this rematch. The win over Empoli terminated Inter Milan’s five-game winless thread in the Serie A. Knowing the visitors will go into this off the back of three successive Serie A losses, including the weekend’s 0-1 defeat to leaders Napoli at the Allianz Stadium, we fancy the home win pick at the 21/20 odds here.
All but one of the last seven derbies ended with fewer than three goals scored
Juventus have earned the domestic double on Inter Milan in the league this season without conceding in two intercity derbies. Just one of the previous seven head to head clashes between the two bitter counterparts provided three or more goals. With the cup final on the line and so much bad blood between the two bitter enemies, we have plenty of reasons to expect another low-scoring scenario on Wednesday. The fact Juve have failed to find the net in three subsequent Serie A affairs and Inter’s home court advantage make us lean towards the 1-0 correct score pick at the 6/1 odds.
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