As Juventus and Inter have both built up a recent head of steam, they find themselves on the fringes of the title race. A situation that both will look to improve on Sunday.
On The Outskirts
By the time Max Allegri oversaw Juventus’ demotion into this season’s Europa League, many were expecting him to be shown the exit door at the Allianz Stadium. However, the manager of the famous team in black and white, has managed to dig deep in the past few weeks.
After a slow start to their domestic campaign, the Old Lady of Turin has begun to find her voice once more and after recording three successive wins in Serie A, their supporters are also singing from the rooftops.
While although a treble of league wins has eased the pressure on Allegri’s shoulders, his Juve charges still only start the weekend’s schedule lying seventh in the table and some 10 points behind leaders Napoli.
However, there is still plenty of football to be played between now and the end of the campaign. Throw in a winter World Cup to act as disruptor for everyone and the Italian footballing landscape could have a different look to it at the start of next year.
If Juventus have designs on gatecrashing the title race, then the same can be said for Inter. While if the former’s winning run of three is impressive, then the latter’s current tally of four is even more so.
Going into Sunday’s encounter, Simone Inzaghi’s men have seemingly found an ignition spark after losing to Roma at the beginning of last month. With 12 points in their back pocket since, the blue and black half of Milan are two points clear of their upcoming hosts.
Which is why a win for either side is imperative. It is not quite the last chance saloon but at the same time, neither can afford to cede further ground to the likes of Napoli and Atalanta at the top of the standings.
A win that I believe will go the visitors and although backing the away win offers a decent amount of value on its own. I have managed to dig a little deeper. A win and under 2.5 total goals is currently priced at odds of 4/1.
Even though 17 of Inter’s last 19 league outings have ended in over 2.5, their last two meetings with Juventus have gone the other way. Which is why I am bucking against the relative trend for my first tip.
For my second tip and with Christmas just around the corner, I am focusing on cards. Manuel Locatelli has picked up three cautions for Juventus – the joint highest for the team this season and at odds of 9/1, I am backing him to earn Sunday’s first yellow.