Serie A leaders Inter will look to maintain their position at the top of the table as they host mid-table Udinese at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Luciano Spalletti’s side will be strong favourites against the visitors despite their recent upturn in form – winning four of their last six league outings.
Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – 16 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter v Udinese: BT Sport, bet365 live streaming
Last time: Inter have won each of their last five clashes with the Udine-based club, with the last meeting a 5-2 home triumph in Milan in May, while they edged the clash 2-1 earlier in the campaign at the Stadio Friuli.
Inter v Udinese Predictions and Preview
Inter maintained their place at the top of Serie A last weekend after an impressive scoreless draw at Juventus, keeping their unbeaten record despite visiting all three major title rivals.
That game ended a three-game winning streak for the Milanese giants, who have dropped only two points in their eight league games this season and average the most points at home of any club in the division.
The visitors have stabilised in recent weeks following a slow start to their league campaign with victories over lowly Crotone and Benevento giving them a seven-point cushion to the relegation zone.
They have now won each of their last two away matches – at Crotone and Sassuolo – after losing their opening four games on the road.
However, Massimo Oddo’s team have lost seven of their nine encounters against teams in the top half of Serie A – demonstrating the task that awaits them on Saturday.
Inter are heavy favourites to continue their strong record in this fixture with a home win available at odds of 1/3, with an unlikely away victory priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 24/5.
The possibility that the visitors will frustrate Spalletti’s side before succumbing in the second half is likely, and the chances of the half time score being a draw before the home side eventually win is priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Inter: Mauro Icardi has scored 16 goals in 16 league outings this campaign – more than anyone else in the division and 10 in his last nine. He is 4/7 to score anytime in this encounter.
One to watch for Udinese: Kevin Lasagna has only scored four goals this season but has found the net in each of the past three wins – in the cup against Perugia before grabbing goals against Crotone and Benevento. He is priced at 19/5 to make it four in a row by scoring anytime here.
Long shot: These encounters tend to produce lots of goals, with the last clash producing seven, while Udinese recently beat Perugia 8-3 and lost 6-2 to Juventus earlier this season. More than 5.5 goals in this encounter is available at odds of 17/2.