Inter vs. Roma Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Roma could slip to eighth in Serie A if they lose to Inter and Sassuolo get the better of Genoa. The Giallorossi are nine points adrift of bitter neighbours Lazio and will not be competing in either of Europe’s main tournaments during the 2021-22 campaign. Elsewhere, Antonio Conte could shuffle the pack and give his fringe players some game time.

Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 12 May, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see Inter vs. Roma: Premier Sports 1

Last time: The sides shared four goals in the capital.

Inter v Roma Predictions and Preview

Ashley Young, Aleksandar Kolarov, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Stefano Sensi are all pushing for rare starts. The former Manchester United ace is set to make an emotional return to first club Watford after the Hornets sealed promotion back to the Premier League and will have fond memories of his time in Italy after his shock switch 18 months ago.

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Young is 5/1 to net anytime and Kolarov, a set-piece specialist, can be found at 7/2. Either Nicolo Barella or Marcelo Brozovic will make way for Sensi who has been plagued by injuries this term. The talented midfielder has only featured 17 times in all competitions but is a class operator and his place in Roberto Mancini’s Euro 2020 party is not in doubt.

The Urbino native is 4/1 to register anytime and the minutes will benefit both club and country. Further forward, Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are 3/1 and 11/2, respectively, to break the deadlock and their next challenge is to dominate on the continent. The Nerazzurri are 4/7 to chalk up another victory and a stalemate is 16/5.

Travelling party Roma stunned the footballing world on Wednesday after announcing Jose Mourinho’s appointment in the dugout. The serial winning tactician will replace compatriot Paulo Fonseca and has a big job on his hands in the Eternal City.  

Outgoing boss Fonseca has a lengthy absentee list but can still field Edin Dzeko, Pedro, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Bosnian hotshot probably would have exited the club if Fonseca remained at Stadio Olimpico but is unlikely to turn down the chance to link up with the ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss. Dzeko is 13/2 to open proceedings and Lorenzo Pellegrini is available at 16/1.

Team-mate Mkhitaryan’s future is less certain. The Armenia skipper was part of a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez sanctioned by Mourinho and there are obvious concerns for the playmaker. In the meantime, Mkhitaryan is 12/5 to bag anytime and the Giallorossi are 9/2 to emerge triumphant.

One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic was recently singled out for praise by Conte and his ability to turn out in a number of positions is invaluable. The Croatian is 15/8 to notch anytime.

One to watch for Roma: Borja Mayoral is the Giallorossi’s top scorer with 15 and the loanee is 7/1 to hit the last effort.

Long shot: Fonseca will take heart from his squad’s performance against Manchester United on Thursday and a repeat of the 3-2 result is 45/1. The Giallorossi beat a team consisting of David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani and have the offensive weapons to trouble the new champions.

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