Inter hope to avoid a repeat of the stubborn stalemate with Udinese when they meet Benevento in Serie A action. In the away dressing room, Le Streghe are much improved from their last stint in the top flight and have already eclipsed their 2017-18 total with 19 games to spare.
Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 30 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Inter vs. Benevento: Premier Sports 2
Last time: The Nerazzurri thrashed Benevento 5-2 courtesy of Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Gagliardini, Achraf Hakimi and Lautaro Martinez.
Inter v Benevento Predictions and Preview
Conte will be watching from the stands after his outburst at referee Fabio Maresca. The former Chelsea and Juventus boss receiving his marching orders in the closing stages of the clash with the Zebrette and there are reports he could receive a lengthy ban.
On the pitch, the starting eleven largely picks itself, even if the Nerazzurri are still active in the winter market. Wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen is admired by Roma and the Giallorossi have offered Edin Dzeko in a swap deal, but a trade is only likely to materialise if both players lower their wage demands.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Inter to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Roberto Gagliardini to score last||14/1||Offer|
|Benevento to be leading at half-time||7/1||Offer|
Lukaku has carried the goalscoring burden since his arrival from Manchester United and has struck on 16 occasions this term. The Belgian has also provided three assists and is 12/5 to open proceedings. Partner Martinez is 7/2 in the same market and is close to penning a new contract with the Milan giants after strong interest from Barcelona last year.
Arturo Vidal and Nicolò Barella will support the front men and the midfielders are 6/4 and 21/10, respectively, to net anytime. Hakimi can be found at 3/1 and there are few wing-backs in Europe who can match the output of the ex-Real Madrid ace. Inter are 2/9 to win on the night.
Opponents Benevento line-up in a similar formation to the Nerazzurri and will attack their esteemed hosts. Pippo Inzaghi has big ambitions for Le Streghe and a top 10 finish is the World Cup winner’s objective after a fine first-half to the campaign.
Gianluca Caprari and Gianluca Lapadula have 13 goal involvements between them and the Peruvian international is 3/1 to register anytime. Lapadula, formerly of Milan, achieved double figures for relegated Lecce in 2019-20 and merits another chance in Serie A. Caprari is 15/4 to strike anytime and Benevento are 11/1 to come away with the spoils. A draw is 11/2.
One to watch for Inter: Ashley Young is first-choice on the left flank but cannot play every week. The veteran is likely to be replaced by Ivan Perisic and the skillful Croatian is 6/4 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Benevento: Iago Falque has been plagued by injury since moving to Campania but is finally fully fit. The loanee recently got his first goal for the club away at Crotone and is 17/2 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Benevento will show more attacking ambition than Luca Gotti’s squad and are fun to watch. Le Streghe have taken something from encounters with the champions, Lazio and Fiorentina and with Conte absent from the touchline to micro-manage his men, there is a real opportunity for the visitors to cause a shock. A 1-0 outcome for one of this season’s surprise packages is 45/1.