Hosts Genoa face third place Inter looking to make it three straight Serie A wins.
Davide Ballardini’s men have come in to form at just the right time and have leapt in to 12th spot after some impressive recent displays against Chievo and high-fliers Lazio. Meanwhile, the Nerazzurri will also have cause for optimism after finally ending a run of five straight draws.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – 17 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Genoa vs. Inter: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Danilo D’Ambrosio settled it late on for Inter before Genoa pair Adel Taarabt and Stephane Omeonga received their marching orders in injury time.
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Minus the services of captain and talisman Mauro Icardi, Luciano Spalletti kept faith with deputy Eder and the diminutive attacker didn’t let his Coach down, giving his side an early lead after just two minutes against Bologna. The Milan giants went on to pick up the three points after Yann Karamoh’s decider and this will be a huge sigh of relief for Spalletti and everyone connected with the club.
Psychologically, the result should work wonders for the squad, proving they can win without Icardi and they owe it to the Argentine to stay in contention until he returns from a muscle injury. The visitors are 11/10 to come away with the spoils and take another step towards automatic Champions League football next term.
Home side Genoa are also in good spirits, registering maximum points from their last two matches. More impressively, both fixtures were away from home and the Grifone must now transfer this form to home soil where they have only won twice all year.
Few would have given Genoa any hope against Simone Inzaghi’s entertainers and the Liguria based outfit have certainly got it in them to upset another club with European aspirations. Historically, this fixture favours the Rossoblu, taking the spoils in each of the last four meetings at Luigi Ferraris and this sequence is 12/5 to continue.
Match winner in the previous two game weeks Diego Laxalt, will be a familiar face for Nerazzurri supporters having plied his trade at the club in 2013, and the midfielder is available at 7/1 to clinch the game’s final goal.
One to watch for Genoa: Goran Pandev netted the opener against former club Lazio and is 22/1 to replicate this against the side he enjoyed glory with from 2009-12.
One to watch for Inter: Karamoh was a surprise inclusion in the success over Bologna and repaid Spalletti’s faith with the winning goal. The youngster is 10/1 to strike any time during the 90 on Saturday evening.
Long shot: Six seasons ago the two sides played out the game of the year in the 5-4 triumph for the Nerazzurri. While this time around is likely to be less chaotic, a goal fest isn’t out of the question. An entertaining 3-3 draw is priced at 80/1, keeping both teams unbeaten in the process.