Inter are looking to reign in local rivals Milan at the top of the Serie A table, as the Nerazzurri host newly-promoted Spezia at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon. Anything other than a home win this weekend would constitute a major shock.
Where and when: San Siro – 20 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Spezia: Premier Sports
Last time: This will be the first ever meeting between these clubs, following Spezia’s maiden promotion to the top flight this season.
Inter v Spezia Predictions and Preview
It appears we may be in for the closest Serie A title race in years, and Inter Milan are hoping to be right at the forefront of the battle to dethrone Juventus. Games like this one against Spezia are simply must-win for the Nerazzurri, if they’re going to stand any chance of claiming their first scudetto since 2010.
Despite their struggles in the Champions League, Antonio Conte’s side have hit their stride on the domestic front of late, following an inconsistent start to the season. Inter took a four-match winning streak into Wednesday’s clash with Napoli, which came on the back of a run of just one win in five.
The home team are the heavy favourites to claim the three points in this Inter v Spezia preview, priced at 27/9 with William Hill. The Nerazzurri rattled in 13 goals across those four straight wins prior to the midweek round of fixtures, and they have far more quality coursing through their squad than their visitors on Sunday.
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Inter to win and BTTS
Inter to win 3-1
Lukaku to score first
Spezia did make a decent enough start to their debut season in Serie A, although they’ve found the going a little tougher over recent weeks. The Bianconeri claimed five points from their opening five fixtures, with one of only two defeats coming against early pacesetters Milan.
Vincenzo Italiano’s side have failed to win any of their last four though, and went into their game against Bologna on Wednesday on the back of two defeats. All of the best betting sites rate Spezia as the heavy underdogs for this game, with the Eagles available as long as 12/1. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 6/1.
The visitors’ chances aren’t helped by mounting injury troubles which have seen the likes of Federico Mattiello, Andrej Galabinov and Juan Ramos sidelined of late, as well as Jeroen Zoet and Elio Capradossi. Inter, meanwhile, only have Andrea Pinamonti, Achraf Hakimi and Matias Vecino struggling for fitness at present.
One to watch for Inter: Romelu Lukaku is already hitting double figures for the season and is the 12/5 favourite to open the scoring in these Inter v Spezia predictions.
One to watch for Spezia: Mbala N’Zola has managed four goals in seven appearances so far in his debut Serie A campaign, and is 16/1 to strike first this weekend.
Long shot: Inter averaged 3.25 goals per game in their four wins prior to the midweek fixtures, while Spezia averaged exactly one in their previous four matches. A 3-1 Inter victory here is 19/2, rising to 33/1 with Lukaku scoring first.