High-flying Inter Milan are looking to keep up with champions Juventus at the top of the Serie A table when they host SPAL this weekend. The Nerazzurri are only a point behind the Old Lady, while their visitors on Sunday are languishing down in the relegation zone.
Where and when: San Siro – 1 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter vs. SPAL: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Inter took until the 67th minute to break the deadlock, but goals from Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini handed the Milan side a 2-0 victory when these teams last met in March.
Inter v SPAL Predictions and Preview
These two sides have met four times since SPAL reached the heady heights of the Italian top flight in 2017. Inter have won three of those matches, including both on home soil, with SPAL claiming a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Paolo Mazza in the other.
Antonio Conte’s side have been completely rejuvenated by a raft of new players in the summer, epitomised by top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who reached double figures in Serie A with a goal in just his 13th league game away to Torino last weekend. The former Manchester United man will lead the line here again, although Alexis Sanchez, on loan from the Old Trafford club, misses out through injury.
Opening goalscorer from the most recent meeting between these sides, Politano, also misses out, along with Nicolo Barella. Stefano Sensi is another doubt for the home team, who’ve also had to negotiate a trip to Slavia Prague in the Champions League this week. Wednesday’s match isn’t expected to have a major bearing on how this game pans out, which will be missed by SPAL duo Marco D’Alessandro and Mohamed Fares.
Even with that pair, SPAL would be right up against it on Sunday. Leonardo Semplici’s side haven’t won any of their last six, and only two of their 13 Serie A fixtures all season. They’re only two points from bottom, and two points from safety too.
Considering that, and Inter’s form that’s taken them to 11 wins from 13 games in Serie A so far this season, losing only once to Juventus, the home team are the red-hot favourites here. Conte’s side are 7/25 for the win, while you can back SPAL at 53/4 and the draw at 5/1.
One to watch for Inter: There may still be question marks about Romelu Lukaku’s goal return against the big teams, but SPAL are not one of those. The Belgian striker is the 3/1 favourite to score the first goal of the game on Sunday.
One to watch for SPAL: Andrea Patagna has managed four goals so far this season, although all of those have come on home soil. The 24-year-old attacker is 12/1 to break the deadlock in this game.
Long shot: Inter’s two home wins against SPAL both finished 2-0, while the one away from home finished 2-1. The Nerazzurri are 11/2 to win 2-0 this weekend, rising to 16/1 if you add Lukaku as the first scorer.