Spezia and Inter Milan will raise the curtain on Matchday No 26 in the Italian top flight on Friday evening at Stadio Alberto Picco. It is the place where the hosts have failed to find the back of the net in five successive games. Knowing Inter Milan will enter the match encouraged after a decent display and a 2-0 win in a straightforward affair against Lecce, we have reasons to expect a routine job for the visitors. Can Spezia prove us wrong?
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Spezia are winless in eight successive outings across competitions. They are just one place above the red zone at the moment and new manager Leonardo Semplici desperately needs to find a way to shift the team’s fortunes around to avoid the relegation scrap. Inter Milan, on the other side, narrowed the gap behind leaders Napoli to 15 points with the aforementioned victory over Lecce paired with I Partinopei’s surprising home defeat at the hands of Lazio. Let’s take a look at our top betting picks and predictions for this match.
Spezia vs Inter Milan Betting Tips
The last weekend’s goalless draw in a quite uneventful affair against direct relegation rivals Hellas Verona was not a result worth praising when it comes to Spezia. However, Semplici could have drawn some positives from that affair, namely regarding the team’s defensive output. Spezia kept a clean sheet after shipping at least two goals in seven consecutive outings across competitions beforehand. They are now up against a much stronger team and their back line will be under more pressure but the mentioned clean sheet from the previous round will no doubt boost the team’s confidence.
Inter Milan are three points above bitter city rivals AC Milan in fifth place, meaning they still have a long way to go to secure the Champions League football for next season. They do have three wins in the last four games but their fans can still remember a dismal performance in the 1-0 defeat to Bologna in the team’s previous road affair.
Spezia allowed two or more goals in seven of the last eight outings across competitions
Inter Milan did not shine offensively in recent weeks but they still own the second-best attacking record in the division. Their forwards will get a nice opportunity to boost their confidence in the clash against one of the weakest defensive lines in the competition here. Knowing also that a win here would keep the spirits high ahead of the return leg of the Champions League R16 tie against Porto at Estadio Do Dragao, we will back Inter Milan to win by two or more goals difference at the 6/5 odds.
Nerazzurri won four and drew one of the last five H2H clashes with Spezia
On top of being easy to break down in the last couple of months, Spezia have also found goals hard to come by on the opposite end of the pitch. This was particularly the case in the games at Stadio Alberto Picco where the hosts have failed to find the back of the net in five subsequent outings. Spezia also have a dreadful head-to-head record against I Nerrazzurri who won four and drew one of the last five games in this matchup. The punters who prefer longshots can chase the 6/1 odds offered for Inter Milan to win 2-0 on Friday night.
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