Newly-promoted Benevento face a tough challenge in their second game of the season, as Serie A runners-up from last season, Inter Milan, pitch up at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito. The Nerazzurri are looking to go one better this term, while they’re aiming to maintain their perfect record against the Sorcerers in this midweek fixture.
Where and when: Stadio Ciro Vigorito – 30 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Benevento vs. Inter: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Antonio Candreva and Lautaro Martinez both bagged braces as Inter thrashed Benevento 6-2 the last time the teams met, which was in the Coppa Italia at the San Siro in January of last year.
Benevento v Inter Predictions and Preview
These two clubs have only locked horns three times in their history, with Benevento’s only other foray into the top flight coming in the 2017/18 season. Marcelo Brozovic scored a double when Inter won 2-1 at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito in their first meeting of that campaign, before Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia were on target in Inter’s 2-0 victory in the return.
Benevento do average a goal a game across their three games against the Nerazzurri then, but Inter have netted 10 at the other end, at an average of just over three per game. The Stregoni will hope to get on the scoresheet on home soil, and after winning Serie B by 18 points last season, but former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi’s side are in for a tough day at the office here.
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Inter to win and BTTS
Inter to win 3-1
Romelu Lukaku to score first
The hosts are out at 17/2 for the win with William Hill, while Inter are the odds-on favourites at 21/50. The Nerazzurri will be led by Antonio Conte after the former Italy, Juventus and Chelsea coach opted to stay in Milan over the summer, but they’re expected to be missing injured duo Matias Vecino and Stefan de Vrij.
The home team are looking good on the fitness front at the dawn of this new season, with Nicolas Viola the only player currently on the treatment table. That will do little to change their status as the massive underdogs, with even a draw constituting a big shock in this game. If you think that’s on the cards, you can back it at 4/1.
The smart money goes on the away win though, with Inter boasting huge amounts of quality throughout their squad. They’re better equipped to deal with the quick turnaround after both teams’ opening league fixtures at the weekend, and the Nerazzurri are fully expected to swat away the challenge posed by a newly-promoted side in these Benevento vs Inter predictions.
One to watch for Benevento: The Sorcerers have brought in former Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula to supply the goals they need to survive in the top flight for the first time in their history, and he’ll make his home debut in this game. He’s 10/1 to mark the occasion by breaking the deadlock.
One to watch for Inter: This is the type of game where Romelu Lukaku has typically thrived throughout his career, with the former Manchester United striker often bullying smaller sides to get his name on the scoresheet. He is 13/5 to do so with the opening goal of this match, with those odds rising to 39/1 if Inter go on to win 3-1.
Long shot: Inter’s preparations for the new season have been much shorter than Benevento’s following the Nerazzurri’s run to the Europa League final. If the visitors are a little off the pace and the hosts can defend their own goal with their lives, perhaps the Sorcerers can conjure up a result and secure a narrow 1-0 victory, which is priced at 25/1.