Serie A battlers Genoa host Inter in their penultimate home match of the season. The hosts are four points above the drop and will hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s final day drama which saw an unlucky Empoli squad go down. Elsewhere, the Nerazzurri sit in second.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 25 July, kick-off 18:30
Where you can see Genoa vs. Inter: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Inter coasted to a 4-0 victory with Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Gagliardini and Sebastiano Esposito on the scoresheet. The Belgian got the opened and concluded the scoring on the night.
Genoa vs. Inter Predictions and Preview
Genoa picked up a priceless victory against closest challengers Lecce on Matchday 34, but it has been another underwhelming campaign for a Grifone squad that should be comfortable in midtable. Davide Nicola has three Scudetto champions at his disposal in Mattia Perin, Stefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev, while Lasse Schone won multiple Dutch titles with Ajax.
Up top, Andrea Pinamonti and Antonio Sanabria are strikers with good potential and the Italian has already been earmarked as a future number 9 for the national team.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Alessandro Bastoni to score first||22/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||6/1||Offer|
|Inter to win 2-0||15/2||Offer|
Ultimately, the issue has been the number of goals conceded. Genoa have only kept six clean sheets all term and will be wary of the opposition. Inter may have drawn a lot of games over the last month but tend to reserve their very best form for the sides in the bottom half of the table.
Sanabria will lead the line and is 9/2 to open proceedings. The forward will be flanked by top scorer Pandev, and the former Nerazzurri treble winner is 9/4 in the anytime market. Genoa are 17/2 to pull off a priceless triumph and the draw is 17/4.
Inter welcomed back Lukaku from injury during the deadlock in Rome. Alexis Sanchez has been an able deputy for his teammate and Antonio Conte may field the duo in a three with Lautaro Martinez.
Wing-backs are integral to Conte’s system with Antonio Candreva, Ashley Young and Cristiano Biraghi chipping in with a combined 12 goals and 15 assists. Candreva will slot in from the right and the Englishman on the opposite flank and can be found at 7/2 and 4/1, respectively, to bag anytime. Inter are 4/9 to beat Genoa.
One to watch for Genoa: Pinamonti came through the Nerazzurri academy and there was surprise in some quarters he was allowed to leave permanently. The Under-21 international is 13/2 to notch last.
One to watch for Inter: How Eriksen responds to his manager’s comments will be interesting and the Dane needs to make his minutes count. The playmaker is 13/5 to register the final effort.
Long shot: There is a bullishness about Inter when they play a relegation threatened squad and the opening 15 minutes will be crucial. If the Nerazzurri make the breakthrough early on, Genoa could endure the same fate as SPAL or Brescia, who were hit for four and six. A 4-0 outcome is 16/1.