Ahead of the titanic tussle with Napoli, Inter must first engineer a difficult encounter away at Serie A basement club Chievo. The Nerazzurri are five points ahead of bitter rivals Milan, while The Flying Donkeys have admirably drawn their last five league matches, improving immeasurably over the last five weeks.
Where and when: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona – 22 December, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Chievo vs. Inter: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic gave the Nerazzurri a two-goal advantage in April, before Mariusz Stępiński reduced the arrears late on in the 2-1 victory for the Milan giants.
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Chievo vs. Inter Predictions and Preview
Chievo can take heart from recent performances, notably holding both Lazio and Napoli in back-to-back matchdays. The showing against Carlo Ancelotti’s was particularly impressive considering the Partenopei so rarely fail to score over the course of 90 minutes. Furthermore, alongside champions Juventus, no other club in the division has netted more than Napoli’s haul of 33.
The dogged and resilience display served as reminder of the capability in Domenico Di Carlo’s squad and the Flying Donkeys can prove awkward opposition once more against an unpredictable Inter outfit. The hosts are 7/1 to pick up a memorable first win at the 17th time of asking this campaign. Meanwhile, Stepinski is 15/4 in the anytime market and will be Chievo’s chief hope of troubling a formidable Inter backline.
The visiting Nerazzurri squeezed past Udinese thanks to a Mauro Icardi penalty in their last domestic fixture and the result was a boost for the squad following their Champions League exit last week. Inter’s inability to beat a standard PSV side drew widespread criticism in the Italian press, aimed especially at Luciano Spalletti and the former Roma boss will be wary of Jose Mourinho lurking in the shadows.
The Portuguese hit the headlines on Tuesday after being dismissed from his position at Manchester United and would be welcomed back with welcome arms given his new found free status. The Nerazzurri are the overwhelming game favourites, priced at 2/5 while Icardi is 2/1 to net first and 3/1 to score two or more during the contest.
One to watch for Chievo: As a former Milan player, Valter Birsa won’t need any extra motivation and is a real threat from when standing over free-kicks. The playmaker is 11/2 to strike anytime during the clash.
One to watch for Inter: After a period of adaptation, Keita Balde has finally settled in and is adept from either flank. The former Lazio talent is 3/1 in the same market.
Long shot: Chievo have proven they can frustrate the very best in the league, and along with Napoli and Lazio, also held Roma to a draw in September. Inter notoriously struggle against lowly opposition who set out to frustrate and a goalless draw at 9/1 is worth consideration.